Python Cheat Sheet

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Purpose: This is a cheat sheet. It is NOT meant to teach you Python. It is meant as a reference to help you remember syntax. It helps if you find yourself asking things like, "How do you check the length of an array?" or "What is that regex match character?". We don't cover everything, just the basics to get things done fast (no classes, eggs, threads, etc.).

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p = [1, q, 4]
p[2] = x
x = a.pop()
d = {} # Empty dict
d = {'b’ : 1, 'a' : 2 } # dict
d['abc'] = 14.50
del d[key_name] # remove key and value
d.remove(value) # first item with value
for key in map1:
# identity
in, not in, is,
is not, and, or, not

# value
if x < 0:
elif x == 0:

while b < 10:
while True:
for w in words:
for i in range(len(a)): # array with indices
for i in range(5, 10): # 5-9
for k,d in enumerate(a):
import os
import shutil
shutil.copy(src, dst)
os.rename(src, dst)
os.mkdir(path[, mode])
shutil.copy(src, dst) # copy content and permission
os.rmdir(path) # remove dir, only empty dirs
os.removedirs(path) # remove empty dir, recursive
f = open('workfile', 'w') # r or w
f.write('This is a test\n') # entire file
f.readline() # line at a time
f.readlines() # entire file, as list
def function1(one, two='Yes', *name2, **name3):
return value
import subprocess
subprocess.check_output( "uname -a", stderr=subprocess.STDOUT, shell=True )
p = re.compile(r”match this”) # r for raw string
m ='string goes here')
if m:
print 'Match found: ',
print 'No match'

p.findall() # array of tuples, includes groups

p = re.compile('(a(b)c)d') # nested groups

p = re.compile(r'\W+')
p.split('test test') # split, return list

p = re.compile( '(blue|white|red)')
x = p.sub( 'colour', 'blue socks and red shoes')
\d decimal digit [0-9]
\s whitespace [ \t\n\r\f\v]
\w alphanumeric [a-zA-Z0-9_]
^ start
$ end

. any character except newline
* 0 or more
+ 1 or more
? 0 or 1

p = re.compile('ab*', re.I | re.M)
S Make . match any char, including newlines
I Do case-insensitive matches
M Multi-line matching, affecting ^ and $