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Variables Vary Very Vivaciously
The easiest way to describe a variable is to think of a box that holds information. You can store data in the box, you can take data out of the box and you can put different data in the box. Heck, if you don't get a programming job after reading this series, you can even live in a box.
Here is how you work with variables in Python:
sometext = “I like to eat grits.”
some_number = 127
anothernumber = 113
totalnumbers = some_number + anothernumber
print some_number + anothernumber
print “some_number plus anothernumber is”, some_number + anothernumber
print sometext * 5
In the above example we create variables by assigning them a name and a value (i.e. sometext = “I like to eat grits”). We then print them out. Here is the output:
I like to eat grits.
some_number plus anothernumber is 150
I like to eat grits. I like to eat grits. I like to eat grits. I like to eat grits. I like to eat grits.
The code above should be mostly self-explanatory. The exception would be the statement: print sometext * 5. Because sometext holds a string value and not a mathematical one, the program writes the text contained in the sometext variable five times. When the * symbol is used in this manner it is known as the Repetition operator.
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