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I am Orso, an Italian Vectorscripter since many years. I feel very comfortable with Vectorscript (from now on: VS) but will now switch over to Python for even more power. I will try to share here comments, problems -and solutions- from the point of view of a non-programmer. --Orso.b.schmid (talk) 08:13, 17 May 2015 (EDT)

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Lists are powerful in Python, below some fascinating lists manipulations. They remind me of Applescript:

months = "Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul"
months = months.split() # no splitter defined and it will use the empty space --> ['Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul']
months[2] # note that the index is 0-based --> 'Mar'
months2 = "Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul" # overwrite a copy
months2.split(', ') # use comma and empty space as splitter --> ['Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul']
months.append('Jul') # append adds an item to a list --> ['Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul']
months.pop() # pop fetches the last item of a list --> 'Jul'
', delirious '.join(months) # --> 'Jan, delirious Feb, delirious Mar, delirious Apr, delirious May, delirious Jun, delirious Sep'
'-'.join(months[1:3]) # --> 'Feb-Mar'
del months[2] # --> ['Jan', 'Feb', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul']
months = {1: 'Jan', 2: 'Feb', 3: 'Mar'} # --> {1: 'Jan', 2: 'Feb', 3: 'Mar'}

Increment a var

So far I have spent a really inordinate amount of time trying to increment a counter. In VS one does it like this:

cnt := cnt +1; { variable cnt is incremented }

For example:

    cnt : INTEGER; { variable scope here is global }

     { subroutine fitting ForEachObject }
    PROCEDURE DoSomething(h: HANDLE);
            { ... do something }
            cnt := cnt +1; { variable is incremented }
    cnt := 0; { explicit is better than implicit :) }
    ForEachObject(DoSomething, (ALL)); { pick objects by criteria, there the variable cnt will increment }
    AlrtDialog(Concat('Did something ', cnt, ' times.'));

How do I get this done in Python? It's not as easy as it looks like. I thought that one did it like this:

cnt += 1

For example:

   # ... do something
   cnt += 1 # variable is incremented

cnt = 0 # explicit is better than implicit :)
vs.ForEachObject(DoSomething, ("ALL"))  # pick objects by criteria, there the variable cnt will increment
vs.AlrtDialog(vs.Concat('Did something ', cnt, ' times.'))

but this doesn't work when the variable is not local where it runs. In my particular case it doesn't work if I try to increment it in DoSomething. It rises some error (UnboundLocalError: local variable can't be referenced before assignment). Obviously the variable can't be modified from a subroutine, but I can't turn DoSomething into a function outputting an integer, otherwise it won't fit the required callback syntax expected by ForEachObject

Searching the web I found this. LOL. This comment wins, on my opinion: "We can make Python ask Perl to ask C."

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