Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Apps Transcripts
Chapter: App 8: File Searcher App
Lecture: Sketching out the search app

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0:01 So let's just take a moment and sketch out the flow of this application
0:04 just to build a skeleton as we always do.
0:06 So, we have a main() method, and we'll do something here
0:09 and of course we'll use the live template from main() to call it down here, like so,
0:13 from PyCharm, and then, the next thing we want to do
0:16 of course we are going to say define print header,
0:18 what we need to do is ask the user
0:20 hey what directories subtree you want to search
0:23 and what do you want to search for,
0:25 so those are the next two things we are going to need,
0:26 we'll say get_folder_from_user(),
0:29 and similarly we'll say get_search_text_from_user().
0:34 then let's just define a search_file() method here,
0:37 and we'll figure out the parameters in a minute, ok,
0:40 we'll reformat so we are all good, via pep 8 and let's start writing,
0:44 so print_header(), you guys know this, this is old hat by now,
0:48 so we'll just fly through it,
0:57 next we are going to get a folder from the user,
0:59 we'll say get_folder_form_user() and let's just do
1:01 a quick little test like if they enter nothing we would rather not have our app crash
1:06 we'll just say hey search that, moreover,
1:10 if they enter folder that doesn't exist,
1:14 we'd also want to build the deal with this so just do a test,
1:16 and we'l leverage the truthiness of strings
1:18 so we'll say if not folder, print something like sorry we can't search that location,
1:25 now notice here is a little single quote,
1:28 this is one of those times where double quote strings are nice and handy
1:30 and then we'll just exit out of here.
1:33 Next thing is we'll get text we'll say get the text from the user
1:36 and basically exactly the same deal here boom, I can't search for nothing,
1:42 notice PyCharm has these grayed out
1:44 and that's because it knows there is no return value from that method
1:47 and yet we are trying to store in a variable, it will not crush,
1:50 it will give us the implicit return none but that is going to be highly unuseful for us,
1:55 that is kind of what the warning is,
1:57 now finally we want something like search file and over here
2:00 we'll say we want to search the folder and the text.
2:03 Now, I don't really like this name so much,
2:05 I'd rather say search files or search folders,
2:08 something like that so we can hit control t and rename this
2:11 and go I want to search folders, like that, and do the refactoring,
2:16 and down here and if there was 100 files all potentially leveraging this
2:20 and docstrings leveraging and so on,
2:22 all of that would have been fixed,
2:25 now we need our folders and text of course, excellent,
2:28 so these should be pretty easy to write,
2:29 let's just come here and pull this out,
2:32 now we are going to do a little more than just get the text that is the folder,
2:36 we are actually going to verify it.
2:38 So ask the user what folder do you want to search,
2:40 then we'll say if not folder: so for some reason it came back empty
2:43 I don't think it can ever come back as none
2:45 but let's just verify it, let's little safe and we'll say or if possibly the folder is just white space, right,
2:53 so in either case we'll just return none so we have nothing,
2:56 there is no folder and that will trigger remember up here
3:01 that will trigger this and say no, it doesn't work.
3:04 Next, let's verify that this directory exists and that we have access to it.
3:09 Again, back to our OS.path.exists,
3:14 now we can be little better, we can say isdir in case they put a file
3:17 and we are trying to search through subdirectories, or something like this,
3:20 maybe we'd write our app to behave differently
3:23 if you give it a file versus a folder, but we are not doing that right now,
3:25 so we are just going to say if it's not a directory
3:30 we'll just return none and then finally,
3:32 let's clean this up a little bit and say we'll return OS.path.absolutepath()
3:37 so we have a nice absolute path for a folder instead of something relative,
3:41 as you will see having an absolute path is helpful for later on.
3:45 Next, let's just get some search text here,
3:48 we'll say text = some sort of input again,
3:50 we'll ask what are you searching for and then we'll give
3:54 a little warning that says single phrases only,
3:57 because we are not going to do like words that mean and breaking into parts
4:01 we are just going to do basic substring searches,
4:04 that's an interesting app to write but it's not the focus
4:07 that we are really trying to get here. So we'll just return text.
4:10 All right, it looks like things are going pretty well here,
4:13 now let's just finally do this and just do a little print statement
4:15 just to show everything is hanging together,
4:17 print would search this place for that.
4:23 So let's run ti really quick, let's just search the current directory,
4:26 it looks like I made a mistake, let's see here, not folder,
4:30 that should be or not strip, ok, perfect, ok let's try again,
4:37 I want to search the current location, and I am searching for the word cats,
4:40 so we would search/users/screencaster/desktop_08_file seracher for cats.
4:46 Perfect, so we have kind of all this parts of like user input
4:49 and everything completely done, and now
4:51 it's just a matter of implementing the search method.