3. An Informal（非正式） Introduction to Python
In the following examples, input and output are distinguished by ( 被区分)the presence or absence of prompts (>>> and …): to repeat the example, you must type everything after the prompt, when the prompt appears; lines that do not begin with a prompt are output from the interpreter. Note that a secondary prompt on a line by itself in an example means you must type a blank line; this is used to end a multi-line command.
在下面的示例中，输入和输出通过（被区分）区分是否存在提示（>>>和...）：重复示例，必须在提示符后出现提示时出现提示; 从解释器输出不以提示开头的行。 请注意，示例中一行上的辅助提示意味着您必须键入一个空行; 这用于结束多行命令。
Many of the examples in this manual, even those entered at the interactive prompt, include comments. Comments in Python start with the hash character,
#, and extend to the end of the physical line. A comment may appear at the start of a line or following whitespace or code, but not within a string literal. A hash character within a string literal is just a hash character. Since comments are to clarify code and are not interpreted by Python, they may be omitted when typing in examples.
本手册中的许多示例，即使是在交互式提示符下输入的示例，都包含注释。 Python中的注释以井号字符＃开头，并延伸到物理行的末尾。 注释可能出现在行的开头或跟随空格或代码，但不在字符串文字中。 字符串文字中的哈希字符只是一个哈希字符。 由于注释是为了澄清代码而不是由Python解释，因此在键入示例时可能会省略它们。
# this is the first comment spam = 1 # and this is the second comment # ... and now a third! text = "# This is not a comment because it's inside quotes."
3.1. Using Python as a Calculator
Let’s try some simple Python commands. Start the interpreter and wait for the primary prompt,（主要提示）
>>>. (It shouldn’t take long.)
The interpreter acts as a simple calculator: you can type an expression at it and it will write the value. Expression syntax is straightforward: the operators
/ work just like in most other languages (for example, Pascal or C); parentheses (
()) can be used for grouping. For example:
>>> 2 + 2 4 >>> 50 - 5*6 20 >>> (50 - 5*6) / 4 5.0 >>> 8 / 5 # division always returns a floating point number 1.6
/) always returns a float. To do floor division and get an integer result (discarding any fractional result) you can use the
// operator; to calculate the remainder you can use
>>> 17 / 3 # classic division returns a float 5.666666666666667 >>> >>> 17 // 3 # floor division discards the fractional part 5 >>> 17 % 3 # the % operator returns the remainder of the division 2 >>> 5 * 3 + 2 # result * divisor + remainder 17
With Python, it is possible to use the
** operator to calculate powers :
>>> 5 ** 2 # 5 squared 25 >>> 2 ** 7 # 2 to the power of 7 128
The equal sign (
=) is used to assign a value to a variable. Afterwards, no result is displayed before the next interactive prompt:
>>> width = 20 >>> height = 5 * 9 >>> width * height 900
If a variable is not “defined” (assigned a value), trying to use it will give you an error:
>>> n # try to access an undefined variable Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> NameError: name 'n' is not defined
There is full support for floating point; operators with mixed type operands convert the integer operand to floating point:
>>> 4 * 3.75 - 1 14.0
In interactive mode, the last printed expression is assigned to the variable
_. This means that when you are using Python as a desk calculator, it is somewhat easier to continue calculations, for example:
>>> tax = 12.5 / 100 >>> price = 100.50 >>> price * tax 12.5625 >>> price + _ 113.0625 >>> round(_, 2) 113.06
This variable should be treated as read-only by the user. Don’t explicitly assign a value to it — you would create an independent local variable with the same name masking the built-in variable with its magic behavior.
In addition to
float, Python supports other types of numbers, such as
Fraction. Python also has built-in support for complex numbers, and uses the
J suffix to indicate the imaginary part (e.g.
Besides numbers, Python can also manipulate（操作） strings, which can be expressed in several ways. They can be enclosed in single quotes (
'...') or double quotes (
"...") with the same result .
\ can be used to escape quotes:
>>> 'spam eggs' # single quotes 'spam eggs' >>> 'doesn\'t' # use \' to escape the single quote... "doesn't" >>> "doesn't" # ...or use double quotes instead "doesn't" >>> '"Yes," they said.' '"Yes," they said.' >>> "\"Yes,\" they said." '"Yes," they said.' >>> '"Isn\'t," they said.' '"Isn\'t," they said.'
In the interactive interpreter, the output string is enclosed in quotes and special characters are escaped with backslashes. While this might sometimes look different from the input (the enclosing quotes could change), the two strings are equivalent. The string is enclosed in double quotes if the string contains a single quote and no double quotes, otherwise it is enclosed in single quotes. The
print() function produces a more readable output, by omitting the enclosing quotes and by printing escaped and special characters:
>>> '"Isn\'t," they said.' '"Isn\'t," they said.' >>> print('"Isn\'t," they said.') "Isn't," they said. >>> s = 'First line.\nSecond line.' # \n means newline >>> s # without print(), \n is included in the output 'First line.\nSecond line.' >>> print(s) # with print(), \n produces a new line First line. Second line.
If you don’t want characters prefaced by
\ to be interpreted as special characters, you can use raw strings by adding an
r before the first quote:
>>> print('C:\some\name') # here \n means newline! C:\some ame >>> print(r'C:\some\name') # note the r before the quote C:\some\name
String literals （文字）can span（跨度） multiple lines（多行）. One way is using triple-quotes:
'''...'''. End of lines are automatically included in the string, but it’s possible to prevent this by adding a
\ at the end of the line. The following example:
print("""\ Usage: thingy [OPTIONS] -h Display this usage message -H hostname Hostname to connect to """)
produces the following output (note that the initial newline is not included):
Usage: thingy [OPTIONS] -h Display this usage message -H hostname Hostname to connect to
Strings can be concatenated (glued together) with the
+ operator, and repeated with
>>> # 3 times 'un', followed by 'ium' >>> 3 * 'un' + 'ium' 'unununium'
Two or more string literals (i.e. the ones enclosed between quotes) next to each other are automatically concatenated.
>>> 'Py' 'thon' 'Python'
This feature is particularly useful when you want to break long strings:
>>> text = ('Put several strings within parentheses ' ... 'to have them joined together.') >>> text 'Put several strings within parentheses to have them joined together.'
This only works with two literals though, not with variables or expressions:
>>> prefix = 'Py' >>> prefix 'thon' # can't concatenate a variable and a string literal ... SyntaxError: invalid syntax >>> ('un' * 3) 'ium' ... SyntaxError: invalid syntax
If you want to concatenate variables or a variable and a literal, use
>>> prefix + 'thon' 'Python'
Strings can be indexed (subscripted), with the first character having index 0. There is no separate character type; a character is simply a string of size one:
>>> word = 'Python' >>> word # character in position 0 'P' >>> word # character in position 5 'n'
Indices may also be negative numbers, to start counting from the right:
>>> word[-1] # last character 'n' >>> word[-2] # second-last character 'o' >>> word[-6] 'P'
Note that since -0 is the same as 0, negative indices start from -1.
In addition to indexing, slicing is also supported. While indexing is used to obtain individual characters, slicing allows you to obtain substring:
>>> word[0:2] # characters from position 0 (included) to 2 (excluded) 'Py' >>> word[2:5] # characters from position 2 (included) to 5 (excluded) 'tho'
Note how the start is always included, and the end always excluded. This makes sure that
s[:i] + s[i:] is always equal to
>>> word[:2] + word[2:] 'Python' >>> word[:4] + word[4:] 'Python'
Slice indices have useful defaults; an omitted first index defaults to zero, an omitted second index defaults to the size of the string being sliced.
>>> word[:2] # character from the beginning to position 2 (excluded) 'Py' >>> word[4:] # characters from position 4 (included) to the end 'on' >>> word[-2:] # characters from the second-last (included) to the end 'on'
One way to remember how slices work is to think of the indices as pointing between characters, with the left edge of the first character numbered 0. Then the right edge of the last character of a string of n characters has index n, for example:
+---+---+---+---+---+---+ | P | y | t | h | o | n | +---+---+---+---+---+---+ 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1
The first row of numbers gives the position of the indices 0…6 in the string; the second row gives the corresponding negative indices. The slice from i to j consists of all characters between the edges labeled i and j, respectively.
For non-negative indices, the length of a slice is the difference of the indices, if both are within bounds. For example, the length of
word[1:3] is 2.
Attempting to use an index that is too large will result in an error:
>>> word # the word only has 6 characters Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> IndexError: string index out of range
However, out of range slice indexes are handled gracefully when used for slicing:
>>> word[4:42] 'on' >>> word[42:] ''
Python strings cannot be changed — they are immutable（不可改变的）. Therefore, assigning to an indexed position in the string results in an error:
>>> word = 'J' ... TypeError: 'str' object does not support item assignment >>> word[2:] = 'py' ... TypeError: 'str' object does not support item assignment
If you need a different string, you should create a new one:
>>> 'J' + word[1:] 'Jython' >>> word[:2] + 'py' 'Pypy'
The built-in function
len() returns the length of a string:
>>> s = 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' >>> len(s) 34
Strings are examples of sequence types, and support the common operations supported by such types.
Strings support a large number of methods for basic transformations（转换） and searching.
Formatted string literals（格式化字符串文字）
String literals that have embedded expressions.具有嵌入式表达式的字符串文字。
Information about string formatting with
The old formatting operations invoked when strings are the left operand of the
% operator are described in more detail here.
Python knows a number of compound data types, used to group together other values. The most versatile is the list, which can be written as a list of comma-separated values (items) between square brackets. Lists might contain items of different types, but usually the items all have the same type.
>>> squares = [1, 4, 9, 16, 25] >>> squares [1, 4, 9, 16, 25]
Like strings (and all other built-in sequence type), lists can be indexed and sliced:
>>> squares # indexing returns the item 1 >>> squares[-1] 25 >>> squares[-3:] # slicing returns a new list [9, 16, 25]
All slice operations return a new list containing the requested elements. This means that the following slice returns a new (shallow) copy of the list:
>>> squares[:] [1, 4, 9, 16, 25]
Lists also support operations like concatenation（级联）:
>>> squares + [36, 49, 64, 81, 100] [1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100]
>>> cubes = [1, 8, 27, 65, 125] # something's wrong here >>> 4 ** 3 # the cube of 4 is 64, not 65! 64 >>> cubes = 64 # replace the wrong value >>> cubes [1, 8, 27, 64, 125]
You can also add new items at the end of the list, by using the
append() method (we will see more about methods later):
>>> cubes.append(216) # add the cube of 6 >>> cubes.append(7 ** 3) # and the cube of 7 >>> cubes [1, 8, 27, 64, 125, 216, 343]
Assignment to slices is also possible, and this can even change the size of the list or clear it entirely:
>>> letters = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f', 'g'] >>> letters ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f', 'g'] >>> # replace some values >>> letters[2:5] = ['C', 'D', 'E'] >>> letters ['a', 'b', 'C', 'D', 'E', 'f', 'g'] >>> # now remove them >>> letters[2:5] =  >>> letters ['a', 'b', 'f', 'g'] >>> # clear the list by replacing all the elements with an empty list >>> letters[:] =  >>> letters 
The built-in function
len() also applies to lists:
>>> letters = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd'] >>> len(letters) 4
It is possible to nest（嵌套） lists (create lists containing other lists), for example:
>>> a = ['a', 'b', 'c'] >>> n = [1, 2, 3] >>> x = [a, n] >>> x [['a', 'b', 'c'], [1, 2, 3]] >>> x ['a', 'b', 'c'] >>> x 'b'
3.2. First Steps Towards Programming
Of course, we can use Python for more complicated tasks than adding two and two together. For instance, we can write an initial sub-sequence of the Fibonacci series as follows:
>>> # Fibonacci series: ... # the sum of two elements defines the next ... a, b = 0, 1 >>> while a < 10: ... print(a) ... a, b = b, a+b ... 0 1 1 2 3 5 8
This example introduces several new features.
The first line contains a multiple assignment: the variables
bsimultaneously get the new values 0 and 1. On the last line this is used again, demonstrating that the expressions on the right-hand side are all evaluated first before any of the assignments take place. The right-hand side expressions are evaluated from the left to the right.
whileloop executes as long as the condition (here:
a < 10) remains true. In Python, like in C, any non-zero integer value is true; zero is false. The condition may also be a string or list value, in fact any sequence; anything with a non-zero length is true, empty sequences are false. The test used in the example is a simple comparison. The standard comparison operators are written the same as in C:
<=(less than or equal to),
>=(greater than or equal to) and
!=(not equal to).
The body of the loop is indented: indentation is Python’s way of grouping statements. At the interactive prompt, you have to type a tab or space(s) for each indented line. In practice you will prepare more complicated input for Python with a text editor; all decent text editors have an auto-indent facility. When a compound statement is entered interactively, it must be followed by a blank line to indicate completion (since the parser cannot guess when you have typed the last line). Note that each line within a basic block must be indented by the same amount.
print()function writes the value of the argument(s) it is given. It differs from just writing the expression you want to write (as we did earlier in the calculator examples) in the way it handles multiple arguments, floating point quantities, and strings. Strings are printed without quotes, and a space is inserted between items, so you can format things nicely, like this:
print（）函数写入给定参数的值。 它与仅处理多个参数，浮点数量和字符串的方式不同，只是编写您想要编写的表达式（正如我们之前在计算器示例中所做的那样）。 字符串打印时不带引号，并在项目之间插入空格，因此您可以很好地格式化事物，如下所示：
>>> i = 256*256 >>> print('The value of i is', i) The value of i is 65536
The keyword argument end can be used to avoid the newline after the output, or end the output with a different string:>>>
>>> a, b = 0, 1 >>> while a < 1000: ... print(a, end=',') ... a, b = b, a+b ... 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144,233,377,610,987,
.由于**的优先级高于 - ，因此-3 ** 2将被解释为 - （3 ** 2），因此结果为-9。 要避免这种情况并获得9，您可以使用（-3）** 2。
Unlike other languages, special characters such as
与其他语言不同，\ n等特殊字符与单引号（'...'）和双引号（“...”）具有相同的含义。 两者之间的唯一区别是在单引号内你不需要逃避“（但你必须逃避”），反之亦然。