Learn Python the Hard Way: Comments and Pound Characters
- What You Should See
- Study Drills
- Common Student Questions
Comments are very important in your programs. They are used to tell you what something does in English, and they also 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.2
# Anything after the # is ignored by python.3 4
"I could have code like this."
# and the comment after is ignored5 6
# You can also use a comment to "disable" or comment out a piece of code:7
# print "This won't run."8 9
"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. Your screen and program may visually look different, but what’s important is the text you type into the file you’re writing in your text editor. In fact, I could work with any text editor and the results would be the same.
What You Should See
Exercise 2 Session
$python ex2.py 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 above is not a literal translation of what your output should look like visually, but the text between the first $ Python ... and last $ lines will be what you focus on.