Time Saving Tips And Tricks Of Python

Top Python Tips & Tricks

These Must-Know Python Tips Make The Language Beautiful

Farhad Malik
Jun 14 · 3 min read

This article presents the Top Python tips and tricks to save you time and effort.

1. Unpacking Array Items

first_name, last_name = ['Farhad', 'Malik']
print(first_name) #It will print Farhad
print(last_name) #It will print Malik

2. Swapping Variables

first_name, last_name = ['Farhad', 'Malik']
last_name, first_name = first_name, last_name
print(first_name) #It will print Malik
print(last_name) #It will print Farhad

3. Profile And Stats Of Your Code

import cProfile, pstats, StringIO pr = cProfile.Profile() pr.enable() # ... do something ... pr.disable() s = StringIO.StringIO()ps = pstats.Stats(pr, stream=s).sort_stats(‘cumulative’) ps.print_stats() print s.getvalue()

4. Repeat String

'A'*3 will repeat A three times:  AAA

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5. Slicing

y = 'Abc'
y[:2] = ab
y[1:] = bc
y[:-2] = a
y[-2:] = bc

6. Reversing

x = 'abc'
x = x[::-1]

7. Negative Index

If you want to start from the last character then use negative index.

y = 'abc'
print(y[-1]) # will return c

8. Intersect Sets

  • To get what’s common in two sets
a = {1,2,3}
b = {3,4,5}
c = a.intersection(b)

9. Difference In Sets

  • To retrieve the difference between two sets:
a = {1,2,3}
b = {3,4,5}
c = a.difference(b)

10. Union Of Collections

  • To get a distinct combined set of two sets
a = {1,2,3}
b = {3,4,5}
c = a.union(b)

11. Optional Arguments

We can pass in optional arguments by providing a default value to an argument:

def my_new_function(my_value='hello'):
my_new_function() => prints hello
my_new_function('test') => prints test

12. Unknown Arguments Using *arguments

If your function can take in any number of arguments then add a * in front of the parameter name:

def myfunc(*arguments):
for a in arguments:
print a

13. Dictionary As Arguments Using **arguments

It allows you to pass varying number of keyword arguments to a function.

You can also pass in dictionary values as keyword arguments:

def myfunc(**arguments):
return arguments['key']

14. Function With Multiple Outputs

  • If a function is required to return multiple values then:
resultA, resultB = get_result()get_result() can return ('a', 1) which is a tuple
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15. One Liner For Loops

[Variable] AggregateFunction([Value] for [item] in [collection])

16. Combining Lists Using Zip

  • Takes multiple collections and returns a new collection.
  • The new collection contains items where each item contains one element from each input collection.
  • It allows us to transverse multiple collections at the same time
name = 'farhad'
suffix = [1,2,3,4,5,6]
zip(name, suffix)
--> returns (f,1),(a,2),(r,3),(h,4),(a,5),(d,6)

17. Free up Memory

  • Manual garbage collection can be performed on timely or event based mechanism.
import gc
collected_objects = gc.collect()

18. Using Decorators

  • Decorators can add functionality to code. They are essentially functions that call other objects/functions. They are callable functions — therefore they return the object to be called later when the decorated function is invoked.
  • Think of decorates that enable aspect-oriented programming
  • We can wrap a class/function and then a specific code will be executed any time the function is called.

This example is illustrating how you can print function name. This is just an example code to demonstrate how you can call a decorater. You can use decorators to call your loggers, perform security operations etc.

def my_logger(function):

def logger(*args, **kwargs):
return function(*args, **kwargs)
return logger

Now use it in your functions:

def hi():
print 'hi'
def bye(a):
print 'bye' + a

19. Unzipping

name = 'farhad'
suffix = [1,2,3,4,5,6]
result = zip(name, suffix)
--> returns (f,1),(a,2),(r,3),(h,4),(a,5),(d,6)
unzipped = zip(*result)

20. Joining Collection

name = ["FinTech", "Explained"] 
print(" ".join(name))

21. Memory Footprint Of An Object

import sys 
x = 'farhadmalik'

22. Print Current Directory

import os

23. Print Imported Modules

import sys
imported_modules = [m.__name__ for m in sys.modules.values() if m]

24. Get Current Process Id

import os


I highly recommend this article if you want thorough understanding of Python:

Hope the tips and tricks help.


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