BOverview of Python Topics

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The aim of this appendix is twofold: to provide a quick refresher on some Python topics that weren’t thoroughly introduced in the chapters and to introduce topics that will help you write better Python programs.

if __name__ == '__main__'

Throughout the book, we’ve used the following block of code, where func() is a function we’ve defined in the program:

if __name__ == '__main__':    # Do something    func()

This block of code ensures that the statements within the block are executed only when the program is run on its own.

When a program runs, the special variable __name__ is set to __main__ automatically, so the if ...

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