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Checking your python code?

leslysandra
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Hello world! Let's talk about python 🐍
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced python developer, it is a good habit to check your code frequently (while writing, deploying or refactoring). You might wonder, where to start or how to start, here some ideas to check your python code 🐍💻

But first, recall about good code! 🤓 High-quality code should do what's meant to do (functionality), should not have problems or other errors, and should be easy to read and maintain.

✅ your python code should be easy to read for others (First checkpoint!)

There are different tools, that can help you check your python code. I'll mention a few of them, that I've been trying:

  • Pylint supporting with Coding standards, Error detection, Refactoring help, among others.

  • Pytest helps you write better programs

Although, both can help you write good coding, also check these general remarks that will guide you in your regular checkings:

  1. Check spaces ✅
    Coding on python? spaces are super important! Remember to use whitespaces after a colon, semicolon, or comma, as well as when using operators (it is a good practice!) to have a whitespace ' ' before and after an operator (=, <, >, etc).

  2. Booleans ✅
    Avoid repetitions... if you are writing this:

var flag = TRUE
# something something

if flag == TRUE
   #something
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Consider in better writing this:

var flag = TRUE
# something something

if flag
   #something
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  1. Handling errors ✅ If writing this...
try:
    #something something
except: 
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Consider writing this...

try:
    #something something
except TypeError:
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We can go on and on, talking about recommendations to have a high-quality python code! I recommend checking out pytest and/or pylint and see how much better you are getting at coding in python 🤓 and also if you would like to automate and learn more about common errors and best practices, check Code Inspector helping to build code better, faster.

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Gustavo Silva

Great article Code Inspector!
Here's an article about python static analysis tools we hope it adds value to your readers.
Keep on with great articles!

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