Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Apps Transcripts
Chapter: App 10: Movie Search App
Lecture: Exploring the search API: The Pythonic Version
0:00 Now, I told you there is two things that we can improve here
0:03 and let's comment this out, let's first work on this part here,
0:06 and in order to understand what is going on,
0:09 with what I am about to write,
0:11 there is a new concept which we have not talked about yet,
0:13 involving keyword arguments that's the orange or reddish values here,
0:20 where you name the parameters, they are not positional, they are named,
0:23 and dictionaries.
0:25 And, if I wrote a function that took keyword arguments,
0:28 I might have one positional parameter 1 and then I can say
0:31 there is a kwargs now this is just a name for a parameter, it doesn't mean anything,
0:37 kind of like self is the convention but not required for classes
0:40 and I can tell Python **kwargs and that means this is going to be
0:46 sort of extensible set of parameters that can be passed
0:49 and is actually going to come in such that this is a dictionary.
0:53 With that in mind, what you can do is
0:55 you can kind of do the reverse with dictionaries,
0:58 so this takes a bunch of arguments that are written like this,
1:03 and turns it into a dictionary,
1:05 but if I have a dictionary I can turn this into a bunch of assignments like this
1:08 during a method call, so I can come over here and say
1:11 I have this dictionary it's called result
1:13 and I would like to say title=results of title, poster=results of poster, and so on,
1:18 I can just say **result, that's it.
1:21 Now if I run it should operate exactly the same boom,
1:25 it does, you can see title set, poster set and everything isn't that cool?
1:29 That's improvement one.
1:31 Let's keep going, improvement two is
1:34 we saw with list comprehensions and generator expressions
1:38 that we don't really need to make a list and append to it
1:41 if all we want to do is build up this list,
1:43 so we can come over here and say you know what,
1:45 movies are actually going to be some kind of movie results object
1:51 that is generated from let's call this, something simple like m for m in results.
1:58 So we are going to basically loop over the results, get the dictionary m,
2:03 we are going to unpack it, into this movie results named tuple
2:07 and for each one of these we are going to build a list that has these items in here.
2:11 So again, this should operate exactly the same.
2:14 There you go, I can show you he whole thing, if I can type,
2:20 so you can see we have a list of movie results,
2:22 and just compare line 36 to 39 which if I really wanted to go crazy on you
2:27 I could write like this but I am not going to, right,
2:30 this would be valid Python if I wanted it to be,
2:33 but I much prefer to read in this style, compare that, those 3 lines, to this.
2:39 When you hear people talk about Pythonic code,
2:42 that means it's conforming to the sort of best and proper idioms
2:46 that are part of the Python language, you see code written like this,
2:50 you are like oh these people are taking some other language idioms
2:56 and just converting it over just such that it will run in Python
3:01 but not like deeply embracing the language,
3:04 down here, this is an example of something you might call Pythonic, I mean,
3:08 look how much more amazingly readable and awesome this is,
3:11 it's easy to maintain, now granted you've got to know Python a little better
3:14 to understand what's going on, but once you do, oh how sweat.