#### Overview of this book

Dancing with Python helps you learn Python and quantum computing in a practical way. It will help you explore how to work with numbers, strings, collections, iterators, and files. The book goes beyond functions and classes and teaches you to use Python and Qiskit to create gates and circuits for classical and quantum computing. Learn how quantum extends traditional techniques using the Grover Search Algorithm and the code that implements it. Dive into some advanced and widely used applications of Python and revisit strings with more sophisticated tools, such as regular expressions and basic natural language processing (NLP). The final chapters introduce you to data analysis, visualizations, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning. By the end of the book, you will be proficient in programming the latest and most powerful quantum computers, the Pythonic way.
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Chapter 1: Doing the Things That Coders Do
Part I: Getting to Know Python
Chapter 2: Working with Expressions
Chapter 3: Collecting Things Together
Chapter 4: Stringing You Along
Chapter 5: Computing and Calculating
Chapter 6: Defining and Using Functions
Chapter 7: Organizing Objects into Classes
Chapter 8: Working with Files
PART II: Algorithms and Circuits
Chapter 9: Understanding Gates and Circuits
Chapter 10: Optimizing and Testing Your Code
Chapter 11: Searching for the Quantum Improvement
PART III: Advanced Features and Libraries
Chapter 12: Searching and Changing Text
Chapter 13: Creating Plots and Charts
Chapter 14: Analyzing Data
Chapter 15: Learning, Briefly
References
Other Books You May Enjoy
Index
Appendices
Appendix B: Staying Current
Appendix C: The Complete UniPoly Class
Appendix D: The Complete Guitar Class Hierarchy
Appendix E: Notices
Appendix F: Production Notes

# 6.1 The basic form

A minimal function definition is

``````def f():
pass
``````

This definition begins with the `def` keyword. Then comes the name of the function, f, an open-close parentheses pair, and a colon, “`:`”. The next line is indented and begins the function body. Here it is `pass`.

We use `pass` where we must include an action but do not have anything useful to do. Think of it as saying, “look how I am drawing attention to not doing anything.” For example, I can use `pass` in a conditional statement to indicate that I am aware of a processing option and choose to do nothing. You may use three periods, “`...`”, instead of `pass`.

Starting from this minimal form, we begin to add and use additional Python features. The function body can be any collection of expressions we want to package together and call repeatedly. Let’s define a function that...