Saturday, August 17, 2013

Working with PEP 8 conventions ...

I am wrote my own python scripts to long time ago and now I saw many of this scripts are a mess  in terms of PEP criteria.
What is the pep criteria? The PEP describing style guidelines for the C code in the C implementation of Python.
If you using Blender 3D/Python development  then you need to follow the PEP 8.
The PEP 8 and can be found here and the authors are: Guido van Rossum , Barry Warsaw and Nick Coghlan.
Today I will show you a brief listing of pep8 criteria:
-indentation of 4 spaces not use tabs
-camel caps for class names: MyClass , AnotherClass
-all lower case underscore separated module names: my_module, another_module
-use explicit imports, not importing '*'
-imports should usually be on separate lines, not import os,sys
-adding whitespace around the operators , not 1+2 or 7+ 3
-don't use spaces around the = sign , not a = b +1
-use single quotes for enums, and double quotes for strings
-each line of a block comment starts with a # and a single space
-don't make comments that contradict the code
-if you want to writing good documentation strings then follow the PEP 257 conventions.
-run checks for pep8 compliance
# <pep8 compliant=""></pep8>
-and enable line length checks use this instead
# <pep8-80 compliant=""></pep8-80>
-don't use multiple statements on the same line, like:
if foo == 'test': do_test_thing()
one_test(); two_test()
... this is the correct way:
if foo == 'test':
Also you can read about Blender 3D/Python and PEP 8 best practice here.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fix python error: SyntaxError: Non-ASCII character.

This can be fix easy ... just add the below line at top of the python file:
# coding: utf-8
You will see now something like this error:
SyntaxError: invalid syntax
... but also will be point to the bad encoding character with : ^
For example I had this:
usertest@home:~$ python 
  File "", line 22
    def  __init__ ( self , a , b , c ) :
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

How to deal with environment variables using python script.

Any OS like Linux, Unix, Windows has environment variables.

Also any variables which must not be committed on a public code can be used in this way.

You can give this variables to your application.

Let's see one simple example about how to do that:

import os
ENV_VAR = os.environ.get("ENV_VAR", None)
if not ENV_VAR:
        print "not ENV_VAR"
        print "yes ! is ENV_VAR"

Now you can give this ENV_VAR to the script or not. See next...

usertest@home:~$ ENV_VAR=true python 
yes ! is ENV_VAR
usertest@home:~$ python 

With Python 3 on Unix, environment variables are decoded using the file system encoding.