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Using 'elif' and 'else' [ID:984] (3/3)

in series: Python Beginners - the 'if' statement

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Once you have an 'if' statement, you'll want to handle alternative flows of logic if your condition is False. 'else' lets us do 'something else' including start another 'if' statement. 'elif' is a contraction of 'else-if' and it lets us do combined 'else', 'if' tests in fewer characters. Watch how 'else' and 'elif' are used, after this you'll know all there is to know about the 'if' statement in Python.

# 2009-01-19 using Python 2.5
# The 'if' statement for Logic in Python
# Episode 2 - else and elif

s = "ian"

# if and else
if s == "ian":
    print "hello boss!"
    print "hello whomever you might be :-)"

# if and else and if and else
#if s == "ian":
#    print "hello boss!"
#    if s == "bob":
#        print "hello bob"
#    else:
#        print "hello whoever you are!"
# if and elif (else-if) and else        
#if s == "ian":
#    print "hello boss!"
#elif s == "bob":
#    print "hello bob"
#    print "hello whoever you are!"

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another good series one - this is like nesting IF statements in an Excel function.

Easy enough.

Excellent, Do you cover why python doesn't have switch case in another series?

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Your series is superb!

I like the magnify and highlight effects used in this video. It brings the items in discussion clearly into focus.

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Odd that you're having problems but glad to hear that the content is recommended.


aside from some minor glitches(the cmd.exe black colour difused with strange white lines; and the low volume in this video), the series is straight to the point and a must for a person just starting with Python.

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