Mastering PyCharm Transcripts
Chapter: The Editor
Lecture: Working with the editor demo

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0:02 Now let's begin exploring the editor,
0:04 and I think the right way to go about this is
0:06 to just write a simple little program and talk about all the features
0:09 that are immediately obvious and stand out for us.
0:12 We're going to go create a little application
0:15 that will go and download information about the Talk Python To Me podcast
0:18 and say what the titles of the recent episodes are and things like that.
0:22 We're going to do this and then there will be some features
0:25 that they don't expose themselves
0:28 because what we're building is not sufficiently complicated
0:31 so we are going to jump around, open some other projects later.
0:33 But let's get started exploring the editor by— well, editing with it, right.
0:37 Let's go over here and I'll open up the terminal,
0:41 and I'm going to cd into this directory here,
0:45 this is the github repo that we're working with,
0:47 and we could go to PyCharm say new project,
0:50 but with the virtual environments I do find it a little easier
0:52 to just follow the convention, so we can do a make dir,
0:55 cd into the podcast, and then we can create our virtual environment like so.
1:01 And that little console trick or terminal trick there helps us get going.
1:07 Remember you've got to say open directory on Mac or Linux,
1:09 but here we can drag it on Mac OS,
1:12 so we're going to register that git repository because I want to make sure
1:15 you get this code checked in and you can play with it.
1:18 Here is our virtual environment,
1:20 let's click here and make sure that it's up and running,
1:23 yeah, if we ask which Python— that looks right to me.
1:26 We'll go over here and we'll create a couple of files,
1:30 I'll call this program, and I am going to create one over here
1:37 called service or something like that, for downloading all the data.
1:41 Okay, so up here, let's define the main method, and we'll do something like
1:48 "Hello, welcome to the Talk Python info downloader," or something like that.
1:57 It wouldn't be much work to actually edit this
2:00 to have it download the MP3 or AAC files
2:03 but, why don't I just do this, and let's say
2:06 we're going to call some functions from this service over here.
2:10 So let's go write a function.
2:13 Let's say this, download info
2:20 and we're going to write some function here,
2:23 and then maybe we'll give it the ability to get some information,
2:26 give it something a little bit richer.
2:29 I'll pass it and I'll have def get_episode
2:34 and we'll have a number of the episode,
2:38 I'll call it show_id, or something like that,
2:41 and then we're going to come down here and we'll just do nothing like that.
2:46 Imagine I would like to call this function,
2:51 so I am going to try to call download,
2:54 it's going to store the information somewhere,
2:56 and then, we'll be able to get information back
2:59 like hey, give me the info about this particular episode,
3:02 now I probably would have the download, just give you all the info
3:05 but, I am trying to create a little bit of state here
3:07 something we could make slightly more interesting.
3:10 So, I can come over here and I can say download info,
3:13 and it doesn't look like anything is happening, does it.
3:17 But, notice there is a little squiggly, if I go here,
3:21 a lightning bolt will show up, and if I hit alt enter, it gives me all sorts of stuff;
3:26 I could import download info, like this, and if I hit that,
3:30 it's going to actually do the right thing to put it up at the top here.
3:34 Okay, so that's pretty cool, and again,
3:38 we can navigate back and forth as we saw it.
3:40 Also, notice over here, this doesn't have squiggles any more,
3:43 this one, not here, but on this part it does seem this parameter show_id is not used.
3:51 This is super helpful in discovering bugs, because maybe this is like
3:54 is the user admin yes or no, and the function is supposed to check
3:59 whether you're an admin before you can do certain things,
4:02 if you see these squiggles, they are like, wow, we're not checking,
4:05 we're not using this admin feature, this could be a problem.
4:07 So that's a really cool feature,
4:10 you can see obviously that there is a syntax highlighting
4:13 there are various other things,
4:16 notice here there is a pep 8 no new line, so we can fix that.
4:20 Now we can go and download this info,
4:23 I kind of prefer, let's do this— for the look at these things like so,
4:27 so we can come down here and I can say service.
4:31 and you get immediate intellisense, right,
4:33 download or auto complete, download info and show info,
4:39 so let's suppose we're going to download this information,
4:41 and then we want to get just some details about various episodes,
4:46 so let's say for show id in a range,
4:49 let's say 100 to 130, good enough, those will definitely exist.
4:57 We can go over here and we'll say info=service,
5:02 notice, really nice intelisense there as well,
5:06 we'll get info and we'll have the show id like this,
5:09 alright, so this is coming along pretty well,
5:13 let's go and we'll focus on this download thing,
5:16 so we can again command click and just navigate over there,
5:19 that's a small app we can find it right, but in something larger,
5:22 command click go over here.
5:25 So, what do we need to do,
5:27 well, we need to go and actually download something from the website,
5:31 from, what we're going to use is
5:34 if we go over here to it's going to pull up a bunch of info,
5:40 and Firefox tries to be a little too clever for us,
5:43 so I am not going to worry about that.
5:46 We'll go over here and we'll say something like url= that,
5:50 and then we want to use Requests right,
5:53 who wouldn't want to use Requests?
5:55 We'll say resp=requests.get,
6:00 now, what's wrong with this code—
6:03 well, in a virtual environment, if we come down here and we say pip list,
6:06 there is no Requests, right,
6:09 by the way, pip install-- upgrade setup tools,
6:16 so that's a good idea, this is like 10 major versions out of date.
6:23 Anyway, not required but always worthwhile.
6:25 So notice that PyCharm knows there is a problem here
6:28 and actually it knows we're not using url,
6:30 but if we pass it there, that's happy.
6:32 So what's the problem here, what is Requests, we have no idea,
6:35 so we'll say import requests, but it was found somewhere else,
6:37 so that doesn't work.
6:39 Now up here, when it's used like this,
6:41 it says, maybe you should install the package, it doesn't exist,
6:43 notice down here, what's it doing, it's installing Requests, great.
6:47 Now, if I had a requirements.txt it would actually also propose we put it there,
6:53 but we are not going to do that for the moment.
6:55 Okay, so this is working, we can say response.raise_for_status,
7:00 if for some reason it doesn't work, it should work, but if it doesn't,
7:03 now what we need to do is we need to go and load this up into an xml dom.
7:09 So how do we do that?
7:12 We use this thing called ElementTree,
7:14 and we can import this from xml.ElementTree, like so,
7:18 and we'll say fromstring, so resp.text is going to be the raw rss text,
7:27 and then down here we'll have the dom,
7:30 so we can do whatever we want with this,
7:32 we can start to loop over this and pull items out,
7:37 so the first thing that we need to do is come in here and say items,
7:41 and we're going to do some kind of selectron,
7:44 so we'll say dom.findall('channel/item')
7:48 if you actually look at the rss it's an xml feed, and it has an rss root
7:52 but you don't say when you're doing searches,
7:55 but then there is a channel which contains many items.
7:58 So let's just print out the length of items,
8:01 just to see that this thing is working.
8:04 Now, if I run this, it's probably not going to do
8:09 what you would maybe thing it's going to do, so we'll say run—
8:12 nothing, darn it. Why is nothing happening—
8:17 it's because we didn't call main, Python, as you probably know,
8:20 it's not like if you have a static main void it's just going to get called,
8:23 so what we do is we use this convention,
8:26 we say if __name__ == '__main__'
8:37 then we'll call main, and that is going to work, with little formatting, just fine.
8:40 And because these little expressions are very common,
8:44 PyCharm actually has what are called live templates,
8:47 so if I type main, the top one there is the function I wrote,
8:50 but notice the bottom, if I hit tab while that is selected,
8:54 it's going to write that same code for us,
8:56 and I'll just go ahead and call whatever function I named it here.
8:59 So these are live templates, and there is a bunch of them,
9:02 you can create your own, I'll show you how to do that in a little bit.
9:04 Okay, so we're getting closer, let's run this,
9:07 it's thinking, wow, it found a 140 episodes,
9:10 you've got to love a good zero based podcast.
9:13 Okay, so that's awesome, we found a 140 episodes,
9:17 it looks like it's sort of working, let's go over here now,
9:21 we do need to store this information somewhere,
9:25 and we probably want to convert it, so let's go over here and we'll say
9:28 from collections import named tuple
9:34 and down here we'll have episode
9:38 it's going to be a named tuple of— give it the name of the type
9:41 and then, what's it going to have—
9:44 it's going to have a title, a link and a pub date.
9:49 And let's also give it a show id.
9:52 Alright, so this is nice, let's just put this as count,
9:59 or episode count maybe, so it didn't conflict, so we have our episode count
10:06 and we're going to load up for each one of these things into there,
10:11 so we'll do like this, let's say we'll have a episode data,
10:16 just a list, actually let's make it a dictionary, that will be even more fun.
10:20 All right, so we'll come through here
10:23 and what we need to do is loop over every one of the items,
10:25 so a for item in items,
10:29 this is going to give us our little tiny xml element
10:32 and then we can do things like this,
10:34 we can say episode= create one of these
10:38 now, what are we going to do— check this out,
10:41 PyCharm knows about named tuples, and before I move the mouse
10:45 it went in there and any time you're sitting in a method,
10:48 you're like what do I pass to it, you hit command or control P
10:51 and it will tell you check out how awesome that is,
10:54 that comes from defining this named tuple right there,
10:56 it gives us this, so perfect let's do it,
11:00 let's say item.find and we'll give it the title and then text,
11:06 so that's a little xml query thing we'll do item.find
11:10 what's next, what are we looking for here,
11:12 we're looking for a link, so this will be the link,
11:25 pub date text and then we need to convert that into a date
11:27 we'll just leave it as text, but in a real app we'd convert that to a datetime;
11:31 and then finally, I want to put the item here,
11:36 so let's do this, say idx for index and we'll do an enumerate on this,
11:40 I'm sure there's some kind of xml query I can do to get the show number out
11:46 and that's what I'd do in a real app, but I am just kind of feeling lazy
11:49 so let's just say episode count - index
11:52 because these are the newest or highest number first.
11:57 We'll do that, and then we'll just say
12:00 episode_data[episode.show_id]= episode
12:05 it's not append because it's a dictionary.
12:19 Now we can go down here and write this really quick
12:22 so we'll go over here to episode data
12:26 and we'll say turn episode_data.get(show_id)
12:32 that way if it's not there it will just give you none rather than crashing,
12:35 maybe that's what we decide we want.
12:38 Let's go over here and just see that it works,
12:41 I'll just say print something like this where we print out the number
12:47 and then the title, so info.
12:50 now look at this, no help, how frustrating
12:54 so I know this is show_id but I'm going to show you the fix in a second
12:57 let's just see that it works info.title, now let's give this a run.
13:00 Boom, now it turns out that title on the show number these are all together
13:07 so we got them in that order, but then we ask for them in the other;
13:13 now it looks like I'm off by one with my number,
13:17 oh yeah, yeah, yeah let's go back to this here,
13:21 let's just subtract one that should work for us.
13:24 Here we go, 129, number 129, okay,
13:29 so we've got our various pieces back
13:31 and we're using over here our non half-closed range
13:36 so we only get it at the 129 not 130, but this is working.
13:39 So the final thing I want to show you here in this little demo
13:45 is this part right here, so I got this back
13:48 service.get_episode, that was cool
13:52 and then I did this and I got nothing,
13:55 in fact, even inside of service, this if I say dot— nothing,
14:01 PyCharm doesn't know what this is.
14:03 So let's add type annotations to this for example,
14:06 so I'm going to say: and the type this is an int,
14:09 and it returns an episode, not a list.
14:15 So if we come over here and we do this now, dot, ta-da,
14:19 look at that show_id, link, pubdate
14:22 so with just the tiniest little nudge
14:24 we can tell PyCharm what comes back from here
14:28 and actually it's because the dictionary is kind of—who knows what it holds,
14:31 once we get the data back from here,
14:34 we could pass this from function to function to function
14:37 and PyCharm would still know hey that's an episode
14:39 because I know where it came from and I know that it started out an episode
14:41 and it's not changing, you never reassigned it.
14:45 So we'll see that we can use these type hints in really powerful ways
14:48 you could also use them in the docstring style
14:50 but if you're using Python 3.6 or 3.5 really
14:54 take advantage of these, because they're awesome.
14:58 I think that wraps up our little demo for downloading some stuff here
15:01 you can see that we can lift out what the various episodes were
15:05 except for if I go over here, one other cool little feature
15:09 when this crashed, as I was fiddling around with intellisense
15:12 and left it in a broken state, two things—
15:15 one, I don't have to save, there's not really a clear save button all the time
15:20 you can go over here and there's probably a save somewhere,
15:23 but it automatically saves, and when I run it,
15:25 all the files are saved, that's awesome.
15:27 Also, when I was away and I ran and something went wrong
15:31 and it shows me right here, here's where the problem is,
15:35 you click it, it takes you straight to it and then highlights it, so that's cool,
15:38 I just need to put that away because I was fiddling with it.
15:41 Awesome, there we get a little info like I said,
15:44 you can expand what we're doing here,
15:47 in terms of pulling the data out of the rss feed
15:51 and you could have like the mp3 or you could pull out the show id
15:56 there's a place actually where there's an extension to the rss feed for podcast feeds
16:00 that actually includes the episode number and things like that.
16:04 All right, so pretty amazing I hope you think,
16:07 and that's just scratching the surface,
16:09 we're going to look at a whole bunch more things
16:11 that we can do with the PyCharm editor.