Posts Tagged ‘tip’

for / else and try / except / else

June 17, 2016 1 comment

What is that “else” in a for loop? And that “else” in an exception handler?

They can be confusing but in this thread I found a perfect way to remember what they mean. Asdayasman suggests that we should always annotate these “else” branches:

for _ in []:
else:  # nobreak

else:  # noexcept

To be honest, IMO it is best to avoid for / else completely.

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endswith also accepts a tuple

November 7, 2015 1 comment

Have you ever written something like this?

fname = 'movie.avi'
if fname.endswith('avi') or fname.endswith('mp4'):
    print("It's a movie.")

The function endswith also accepts a tuple. Just saying.

fname = 'movie.avi'
if fname.endswith(('avi', 'mp4')):
    print("It's a movie.")

Meaning: if it ends as ‘aviormp4‘, then…

This also works with startswith, of course.

Thanks to one of my students, Marton Sz. who solved one of his exercises using this trick.

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Python PIL : IOError: decoder jpeg not available

December 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Working with JPG files, PIL drops the following error:

Python PIL : IOError: decoder jpeg not available


sudo pip uninstall PIL
sudo apt-get install libjpeg8-dev
sudo pip install PIL

Found here.

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Print unicode text to the terminal

September 2, 2012 2 comments

I wrote a script in Eclipse-PyDev that prints some text with accented characters to the standard output. It runs fine in the IDE but it breaks in the console:

UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\xf3' in position 11: ordinal not in range(128)

This thing bugged me for a long time but now I found a working solution.

Insert the following in your source code:

import sys

I found this trick here. “This allows you to switch from the default ASCII to other encodings such as UTF-8, which the Python runtime will use whenever it has to decode a string buffer to unicode.”


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September 21, 2010 1 comment

Here is the classical “Hello, World!” script in Python. It can be used as a template for writing a new script:

#!/usr/bin/env python

# DESCRIPTION:   hello world
# DATE:          2010.09.21. (

print "Hello, World!"

Tip: If you want to insert source code in your blog at, check out this post: Code » Posting Source Code.

Update (20110503): For a more professional template, see this post, where Guido tells us how he writes his main() functions.

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