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Defining a Function [ID:920] (2/6)

in series: Python Beginners - Functions

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Here we start by looking at the simplest Hello World function in Python.

Note that the naming convention is for lowercase and underscores and that docstrings are recommended. Python functions are 'first class' (see wikipedia link below), this means that we can assign them to variables and pass them around - you may not have seen this if you come from a C++/Java background.

Links: naming conventions, docstrings, first class functions.

# Functions 1 using Python 2.5
# 2008/10/22

def hello_world():
    """print Hello! to the screen."""
    # note 4 space indentation
    print "Hello!"

# note naming convention with underscores
"""Function names should be lowercase, with words separated 
   by underscores as necessary to improve readability.
   mixedCase is allowed only in contexts where that's already 
   the prevailing style (e.g., to retain 
   backwards compatibility."""

# generally you always want a docstring as the first line(s)
# of a function using triple-quote strings (multiline)

# call hello_world function    

# note that hello_world is a first-class function
#print "Python supports first-class functions"
#print hello_world
#print id(hello_world)
#b = hello_world

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