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Getting Started with Python

By : Fabrizio Romano, Benjamin Baka, Dusty Phillips
Book Image

Getting Started with Python

By: Fabrizio Romano, Benjamin Baka, Dusty Phillips

Overview of this book

This Learning Path helps you get comfortable with the world of Python. It starts with a thorough and practical introduction to Python. You’ll quickly start writing programs, building websites, and working with data by harnessing Python's renowned data science libraries. With the power of linked lists, binary searches, and sorting algorithms, you'll easily create complex data structures, such as graphs, stacks, and queues. After understanding cooperative inheritance, you'll expertly raise, handle, and manipulate exceptions. You will effortlessly integrate the object-oriented and not-so-object-oriented aspects of Python, and create maintainable applications using higher level design patterns. Once you’ve covered core topics, you’ll understand the joy of unit testing and just how easy it is to create unit tests. By the end of this Learning Path, you will have built components that are easy to understand, debug, and can be used across different applications. This Learning Path includes content from the following Packt products: • Learn Python Programming - Second Edition by Fabrizio Romano • Python Data Structures and Algorithms by Benjamin Baka • Python 3 Object-Oriented Programming by Dusty Phillips
Table of Contents (31 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt
Stacks and Queues
Hashing and Symbol Tables

Importing objects

Now that you know a lot about functions, let's look at how to use them. The whole point of writing functions is to be able to reuse them later, and in Python, this translates to importing them into the namespace where you need them. There are many different ways to import objects into a namespace, but the most common ones are import module_name and from module_name import function_name. Of course, these are quite simplistic examples, but bear with me for the time being.

The import module_name form finds the module_name module and defines a name for it in the local namespace where the import statement is executed. The from module_name import identifier form is a little bit more complicated than that, but basically does the same thing. It finds module_name and searches for an attribute (or a submodule) and stores a reference to identifier in the local namespace.

Both forms have the option to change the name of the imported object using the as clause:

from mymodule import myfunc...