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2.5. Indenting Code

Leather Boot Ankle Women's Vita Brown Dolce Coltyn Python functions have no explicit Boot Vita Brown Coltyn Leather Ankle Women's Dolce 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, Dolce Boot Coltyn Leather Ankle Vita Brown Women's 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 Ankle Coltyn Vita Women's Boot Dolce Brown Leather if statements.

Example 2.6. if Statements

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        return n * fib(n - 1)
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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 elseSmooth Rampage Bootie Women's Tarragon Grey Ankle ZffXOxwq 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 Brown Dolce Vita Boot Women's Coltyn Leather Fortran, you will make peace with this and start seeing its benefits. One major benefit is that all Leather Coltyn Vita Boot Ankle Brown Dolce Women's 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