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Created by Zed A. Shaw Updated 2024-02-17 04:54:36

2: Comments and Pound Characters

Comments are very important in your programs. They are used to tell you what something does in English, and they are used to disable parts of your program if you need to remove them temporarily. Here's how you use comments in Python:

# A comment, this is so you can read your program later.
# Anything after the # is ignored by python.

print("I could have code like this.") # and the comment after is ignored

# You can also use a comment to "disable" or comment out code:
# print("This won't run.")

print("This will run.")

From now on, I'm going to write code like this. It is important for you to understand that everything does not have to be literal. If my Jupyter looks a little different from yours, or if I'm using a text editor, the results will be the same. Focus more on the textual output and less on the visual display such as fonts and colors.

What You Should See

I could have code like this.
This will run.

Again, I'm not going to show you screenshots of all the terminals possible. You should understand that the preceding is not a literal translation of what your output should look like visually, but the text is what you focus on.

Study Drills

  1. Find out if you were right about what the # character does and make sure you know what it's called (octothorpe or pound character).
  2. Take your code and review each line going backward. Start at the last line, and check each word in reverse against what you should have typed.
  3. Did you find more mistakes? Fix them.
  4. Read what you typed above out loud, including saying each character by its name. Did you find more mistakes? Fix them.

Common Student Questions

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