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2.5. Indenting Code

Coltyn Dolce Leather Women's Vita Ankle Brown Boot Python functions have no explicit Brown Ankle Dolce Leather Coltyn Vita Boot Women's begin or end, and no curly braces to mark where the function code starts and stops. The only delimiter is a colon (:) and the indentation of the code itself.

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Example 2.5. Indenting the buildConnectionString Function


def buildConnectionString(params):
    """Build a connection string from a dictionary of parameters.

    Returns string."""
    return ";".join(["%s=%s" % (k, v) for k, v in params.items()])

Code blocks are defined by their indentation. By "code block", I mean functions, if statements, for loops, Coltyn Brown Dolce Women's Ankle Leather Vita Boot while loops, and so forth. Indenting starts a block and unindenting ends it. There are no explicit braces, brackets, or keywords. This means that whitespace is significant, and must be consistent. In this example, the function code (including the doc string) is indented four spaces. It doesn't need to be four spaces, it just needs to be consistent. The first line that is not indented is outside the function.

Example 2.6, “if Statements” shows an example of code indentation with Coltyn Women's Vita Ankle Brown Leather Dolce Boot if statements.

Example 2.6. if Statements

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        return 1
This is a function named fib that takes one argument, n. All the code within the function is indented.
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Of course if and elseSandals White8 Slippers Girl Adult DJ Sleeppers Warm Flat Couple Shoes Music Stage Home IYHIdwU7q blocks can contain multiple lines, as long as they are all indented the same amount. This else block has two lines of code in it. There is no other special syntax for multi-line code blocks. Just indent and get on with your life.

After some initial protests and several snide analogies to Ankle Dolce Coltyn Vita Women's Boot Leather Brown Fortran, you will make peace with this and start seeing its benefits. One major benefit is that all Dolce Vita Coltyn Ankle Women's Boot Leather Brown Python programs look similar, since indentation is a language requirement and not a matter of style. This makes it easier to read and understand other people's Python code.

Python uses carriage returns to separate statements and a colon and indentation to separate code blocks. C++ and Java use semicolons to separate statements and curly braces to separate code blocks.

Further Reading on Code Indentation