Funny Python

If a programming language is named after a sketch comedy troupe, one knows what to expect. Python IS a funny language with its own bag of surprises.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

For instance, If you’ve just moved from a language such as C to Python and you’re missing curly braces (how can one not want whitespaces!!), and you try this:

>>> from __future__ import braces

from __future__ import braces
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Or say, if you try importing this.

>>> import this

import this
A sense of humour is required for proper interpretation

Or if you ever wanted to know why XKCD’s Cueball left Perl for Python, you should know, that it was for gravity defying stunts that he couldn’t perform anywhere else. Just import antigravity!

>>> import antigravity

You’re led to this webcomic on your browser.

import antigravity

So the upshot is that you can get tickled and trolled by Python every now and then, keeping in line with its rich tradition of doing so (check out video below).



Why Parselmouth Harry Potter is also Parsermouth Harry Potter

If you’re a Pythonista or just a coder, you may have come across this web cartoon:

Its creator Ryan Sawyer has been working as a full-time graphic designer and freelance illustrator for the past 10 years. His projects have been featured on websites such as /Film, io9, BoingBoing, Uproxx, MusicRadar, SuperPunch, IGN, and PackagingDigest.

I recently came across an interesting thread on Reddit on the origins of this cartoon. Basically, the cartoonist, ergo Python-speaking-Harry, got their code from this Stack Overflow forum for short, useful Python code snippets! Convenient, right?!

What’s funny is that the forum later got closed as it was deemed not constructive!

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The code is supposed to print a recursive count of lines of python source code from the current working directory, including an ignore list – so as to print total sloc. Don’t blame me though, if the code doesn’t work!

# prints recursive count of lines of python source code from current directory
# includes an ignore_list. also prints total sloc
import os
cur_path = os.getcwd()
ignore_set = set(["", ""])
loclist = []
for pydir, _, pyfiles in os.walk(cur_path):
for pyfile in pyfiles:
if pyfile.endswith(".py") and pyfile not in ignore_set:
totalpath = os.path.join(pydir, pyfile)
loclist.append( ( len(open(totalpath, "r").read().splitlines()),
totalpath.split(cur_path)[1]) )
for linenumbercount, filename in loclist:
print "%05d lines in %s" % (linenumbercount, filename)
print "\nTotal: %s lines (%s)" %(sum([x[0] for x in loclist]), cur_path)
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