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new to python, like really new.

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hi, I just started python, I'm 14 years old and new experience in any programming whatsoever. I recently got a new machine and I want to make use of it. so instead of gaming like I have done in the past,I decided I'll start doing some programming. I am currently running Linux Mint 12. I have python 2.7.

now here is the syntax problem. I'll show you it. of course this isn't the exact thing, Because I made it simpler.

a = 1 + 1
b = 2 + 2
c = a + b

print C

here's the problem.

>>>if 6:
... print "value of C is:"

now something isn't right there. now you see that I'm trying to print the value of it if its right but I don't know how.

if you can help, that would be great.

By the way, if anyone here who is a professional programmer and wouldn't mind helping me with a few other things, please email me @ xx@xxx

Feb 9 '12 #1
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I removed your email address for your protection. Since you are a member, you can private message other people. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about programming! We will try to help in any way possible.

I am not a professional programmer. I do structural steel detailing and write Python scripts to facilitate my work in the 3D model.

The statement if 6: will always evaluate True just like if 0: will always evaluate False. You will want to learn how to format strings for printing to stdout.
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  1. >>> a = 1 + 1
  2. >>> b = 2 + 2
  3. >>> c = a + b
  4. >>> if c == 6:
  5. ...     print "value of C is: %s" % (c)
  6. ...     
  7. value of C is: 6
  8. >>>
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Feb 9 '12 #2

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thanks for editing it. I'm sorry I failed to follow that rule (just read it now)

as for that code you gave me, are you sure that is the only way of doing it? (with the %?) what is % even used for?

Feb 9 '12 #3

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There is a pretty good explanation of the string format operator "%" at

You can print the result by issuing multiple print statements or string concatenation, but generally those methods are slower.

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  1. print "value of C is: " + str(c)
  3. print "value of C is:",
  4. print c
It's generally a good idea to issue only one print statement where possible. Use string method join() to create a long string from string fragments instead of concatenation.
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  1. >>> stringlist = ["Sentence 1", "Sentence 2"]
  2. >>> print "\n".join(stringlist)
  3. Sentence 1
  4. Sentence 2
  5. >>> 
String formatting is very important. The best time to learn how to use it is now!
Feb 9 '12 #4

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