Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Apps Transcripts
Chapter: App 4: Journal app and file I/O
Lecture: Lists and for-in loops

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0:00 Now that we have the structure of our app in place,
0:02 let's start creating our journal.
0:05 So there are many different types of data structures
0:08 from various simple ones all the way up to rich ??? of classes
0:13 that we could use in Python to represent this,
0:16 so let's start simple here and as we get into more complex applications
0:19 we'll do something more on new ones.
0:22 So for our particular journal here
0:25 we are going to use just a data structure called a list,
0:28 lists just hold on to a bunch of pieces of data in particular order
0:31 you can access them in order it automatically grows,
0:34 so in Python we create lists like this.
0:39 Usually you will see it written like that, open close brackets,
0:42 that will create a new empty list,
0:44 you may also see it by calling the class name initializer like so,
0:48 that was exactly the same thing.
0:53 So here we have our empty journal,
0:55 and we are going to need to work with the data here
0:57 and we are going to work with the data there so let's pass this along,
1:02 I'll just go down here and make sure we can pass that data, like so,
1:07 now for listing entries I'll just cheat for a moment
1:10 and we'll make this nicer but we'll just print it out like so
1:13 and for adding entries let's do a little bit of input
1:16 so we'll say something like this text = input(”type your entry”)
1:26 so we'll get this user input and we are going to put it into our data,
1:30 and the way we add a new item is we say append text
1:34 now we probably want to check this input to make sure that something is there
1:36 but let's just do this for a moment, want to list or add entry,
1:40 let's list and see what it looks like, there is our empty list,
1:44 and let's add in new items say this is my first entry,
1:49 and now let's list it and see if it's there, excellent,
1:51 there is my first entry, let's add another,
1:54 say this doesn't look hard at all, woho,
2:00 now we can list them again,
2:01 so here is my first entry and this doesn't look hard at all
2:04 and Python even uses the same trick in the case
2:06 where we have quotes to put double quotes
2:08 to make it easier for us to understand, excellent.
2:11 You can see we are gathering our data,
2:13 obviously it won't persist across runs yet, that's coming up
2:16 but the other thing that is not nice is this is not how our user wants to see it,
2:20 maybe a programmer but definitely not a user.
2:23 So, let's do something nicer on this part.
2:26 And that brings us to working with loops,
2:28 now we could write a while loop and use a counter or something like that
2:32 that would be wrong, it would be what is called non Pythonic code,
2:36 in Python we have a really nice way
2:38 to work with collections and loops and those are called for-in loops
2:41 so we'll say for and then you name the particular
2:44 instance of the piece of data you are taking from the collections
2:47 so I'll call it entry in data and write it like this,
2:51 so for item in collection like so,
2:54 and now you just work with it,
2:56 so let's say we'll just print it out for a moment,
2:58 so we'll just say print entry and let's make it kind of obvious what is going on,
3:02 so we'll say something like your journal entries, and let's run it again.
3:07 Start by listing them, your journal entries,
3:09 there are none, great, let's add, say entry 1, add another entry 2,
3:15 and now let's list them, ok, your journal entries, entry 1, entry 2, very cool
3:20 Now, there is a couple of things we might want to do,
3:22 we might want to change the order so we see the newest ones first,
3:26 that's not the way paper journals work
3:29 but that's the way a lot of digital ones would work,
3:31 so let's come over here and we can change the order,
3:34 there is a really easy way to do that, in Python.
3:38 So let's call or little reversed collection entries and you can just say reversed
3:43 and you give it a collection and you get the list back in a different order.
3:47 So now, we should if we run it,
3:51 so we get items back in that order
3:52 so I'll say thing 1, thing 2,
3:56 when I list it we should get thing 2 and then thing 1. Perfect.
3:58 Now maybe I'd like to number these like your first entry is this,
4:02 your second entry is that, your third entry is such and such.
4:06 So let's go back to our list entries here,
4:08 now in many languages they use a index space loop
4:12 what is often called the for loop and it starts with numbers
4:14 and you kind of increment those numbers and that makes it harder to access,
4:18 harder and more error prone to access the actual entry
4:22 but it does make it easy to number things,
4:25 you might think but we have to fall back to the some kind of while loop,
4:28 with the counter, not true,
4:30 Python has a really nice way to work with the index and the item at the same time,
4:34 so we can go to a collection, and we come over here and say enumerate,
4:39 and what this will do is it will modify the collection that is returned,
4:42 not just return the items, but to pair them with the actual indexes,
4:46 so let's just print this out and see what we get,
4:48 it's not going to be the same as it was before.
4:51 Just to say that three things here,
4:55 now when we list them out, you'll see we get this sort of parenthesis
4:59 and the index and the item,
5:01 now in Python these are called tuples,
5:02 so let's go back and modify our loop to work with those tuples.
5:06 So we can actually define two local variables here,
5:09 and the index and the entry and Python will take those two items from the tuple
5:14 and assign them to these two variables
5:16 so we can also go over here and change this print statement,
5:25 so this time we shall have the slightly nicer print out,
5:28 let's say thing 1, thing 2, thing 3, now if I list them,
5:34 you'll see the 0 to item is thing 3, because we reversed it,
5:38 the first item is thing 2 and the second item is thing 1.
5:42 Now typically people don't use zero based indexes
5:45 but that's the way Python works,
5:47 let's fix it up one more time here, let's add one to our index.
5:51 All right so it's more friendly for humans.
5:59 Your journal entries, number 1, thing 3,
6:02 number 2, thing 2, number 3, thing 1.
6:04 All reversed, excellent.