Basics of Python in a nutshell!

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Let's glide through all the basic concepts in Python :

  • To give single or multi-line comment use:
#single line comment 

""" multi-line 
  • We can declare variables directly in Python without putting any data type unlike other languages like C/C++.
x = 8
y = "variable"
print(x) # to print a statement 

a , b = "Hello" , "World"  # to assign values in single line 
  • To get the data type of any object:
x = 8
  • Basic operations in Python:
a = 4 
b = 9
print(a+b) # addition
print(a-b) # subtraction
print(a/b) # division
print(a*b) # multiplication
print(a**b) # exponentiation
  • The basic data structures in Python are:
    -> List: An ordered collection that is changeable and allows duplicate members.
    -> Tuple: An ordered collection that is unchangeable and allows duplicate members.
    -> Set: An unordered and unindexed collection doesn't allow duplicate members.
    -> Dictionary: An unordered collection that is changeable and indexed. Also, it doesn't allow duplicate members.
a = ["Hello", "World", "!"]    #List
b = ("Hello", "World", "!")    #Tuple
c = {"Hello", "World", "!"}    #Set
d = {"name" : "Suraj", "age" : 18, "location": "India"}    #Dict
  • To understand the data structures in detail:

1) List:

#To print items in list using for loop:
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]
for x in this_list:   # don't forget indentation in python codes 

#To check if item is present in the list:
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]
if "D" in this_list :

#Note: You may add print statements to view your results.

# Use the append() to append an item in the list:
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]

#To insert item at a specified index in the list:
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]
this_list.insert(1, "D")

#To remove a specific item from the list:
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]

#To pop last item from the list:
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]

#To removes an item from a specified index
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]
del this_list[1]

#To clear the entire list
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]
this_list .clear()

#To find length of the entire list
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]

#To join two lists
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]
another_list = ["D", 3, 4]
result_list = this_list + another_list 
# result_list would have elements from both list

#To convert List to Tuple:
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]
tuple(this_list )

#To slice List:
this_list = ["A", "B", "C"]
this_list[3:8]  # slicing the list

2) Tuple:

# To print items in Tuple:
this_tuple = ("A", "B", "C")
for x in this_tuple:

#To find length of Tuple:
this_tuple = ("A", "B", "C")

# Convert
this_tuple = ("A", "B", "C")
list(this_tuple) #converting tuple to list

#To find type of Tuple:
this_tuple = ("A", "B", "C")

# To slice Tuples 
this_tuple = ("A", "B", "C", "D" , "E")
print(this_tuple[1:]) # to print items from index 1 
# to print items starting from index 2 to index 3 (i.e 4-1)
print(this_tuple[::-1]) # to print in reverse manner

#To delete a tuple 
this_tuple = ("A", "B", "C")
del this_tuple

3) Set:

# To print items in Set:
this_set = {"A", "B", "C"}
for x in thisset:

#To add items in set :
this_set = {"A", "B", "C"}
this_set .add("D")

#To update set :
this_set = {"A", "B", "C"}
this_set .update([1,2,3])

#To remove an item from a set:
this_set = {"A", "B", "C"}
this_set .remove("C")

#To pop item from set
this_set = {"A", "B", "C"}
this_set .pop()

#To clear everything from the set: 
this_set = {"A", "B", "C"}

#To add items form one set to another
this_set = {"A", "B", "C"}
another_set= {1, 2, 3}
#Note: every time you run the command the items would be #shuffled which justify that items in set are unordered.

#Operations in Sets: 
this_set = {1,2,3,4,5}
another_set= {3,4,5,6,7}

print(this_set|another_set) #Union
print(this_set - another_set) #Difference
print(this_set & another_set) #Intersection

4) Dictionary:

#To print a Dictionary: 
# items are in key:value pairs
this_dict = {
  "Name": "Suraj",
  "Age": "18",
  "Year": 2020
print(this_dict) # You can also use a for loop.

#Adding new index key with value: 
this_dict = {"Name": "Suraj",  "Age": "18",  "Year": 2020}
this_dict["newItem"] = "newValue"

#To pop a value from a dictionary: 
this_dict.pop("Year") #specifying key value 

#To clear the Dictionary:

#To copy items from one Dictionary to another : 
this_dict = {"Name": "Suraj",  "Age": "18",  "Year": 2020}
another_dict = this_dict.copy()
# then print 

#To delete a value from Dictionary:
this_dict = {"Name": "Suraj",  "Age": "18",  "Year": 2020}
del Dict["Age"]
  • Characters in Python :

character = "Hello World!"
print(character[1]) # to get character at index 1 
print(character[3:7]) # to get character at from index 3 to 6 
#It can also be done using negative indexes

#To find the length of the character

#Some other basic functions:
character = "Hello World!"
print(character .lower()) # to convert to lowercase
print(character .upper()) # to convert to uppercase
print(character .replace("W", "Y")) # To replace characters in it
print(character .split(",")) # returns ['Hello World!']
  • Logical operators in Python:
    They are used to combine conditional statements.

    and      - returns True if both statements are true .
    or     - returns True if one of the statements is true .
    not     - reverses the result, returns False if the result is true .
  • Loops in Python:

#For loop
num = 0 
for num in range(0, 10): 
    print(num) # to print numbers from the range

#While loop
while (num < 10):     
    num = num + 1
    print(num) # to print numbers
  • If-else statements in Python:
num = 0 
for num in range(0, 10): 
        print(num) # to print numbers less than 5
  • Functions in Python:
def function(x):
    print("Function called")
    print("Value passed is ",x)


# Now using lamda function.
# It can take any number of arguments, but can only have one #expression.
#syntax : lambda arguments : expression
function = lambda x : x*2
print("Returning a value twice the passed value:",function(10))

With this, we have slid through the basics.
Hope it's been helpful!

Comments (2)

Ayushi Rawat's photo

Nicely explained.

Python is great, I honestly love python!

Suraj Verma's photo

Thank you 😊