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Name: [002] Ian Ozsvald
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Description: I am the co-founder of ShowMeDo (see, author of `The Screencasting Handbook <>`_ and the founder of the professional screencast production company `ProCasts <>`_: .. image:: ...

Debug Tip - Mising Import Statements [ID:246] (5/17)

in series: Python 101 - easygui and csv

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Do you know what happens if you mis-type an import statement? Learn about a common Python exception (and how to diagnose others) which will save you head-scratching time when you develop your own code.

Find out about all the common Exceptions (exceptions doc page) including this ImportError in the Python doc pages.

Created May 2007, running time 3 minutes.

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Debug Tip - Mis[s]ing Import Statements (5/17)

1:25 ImportError

2:30 demo at DOS prompt

3:00 ImportError docs


good concise example. I hope I cna keep my errors that simple.

This serie is getting better and better...

Spelling error in title: should be "Missing"

Great topic. It is a common error, when to figure out what module occurs with certain commands.

Yes, I have plans to cover more errors and exceptions in a future series. Debugging errors and learning how to use exceptions were a part of my early learning-curve, that's something I can flatten with a good series or two.

It is on my list of things to cover in the future, cheers for the reminder,


I like how you devoted a short video to ImportError specifically. This error is one that is very common and should be explained to beginners off the bat. Good Job! I would recommend (maybe for another series) some sort of explanation of of errors in general, possibly explaining when and why you would want to use exceptions to deal with errors.

Ah yes, it does end quickly - actually I chopped the end off and made the next video by expanding this bit of material.

I thought I could put in the Yes/No box example as a quick exercise here but then decided it warranted a longer episode all of its own.


nice and clear video. The end comes a bit suddenly... have to watch the next video.

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