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Part 5, Dictionaries

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    Jacob Aronoff

Welcome back! Today is our last day of python and we're going to cover the last part of basic python: dictionaries. Dictionaries work just like you'd expect. For every 'key' in the dictionary there must be a corresponding value. Lets think about this like a literal dictionary:

mirriam_webster = {
    "Programming":"the action or process of writing computer programs.",
    "Python":"a high-level general-purpose programming language.",
    "Learning":"the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught"

To make a dictionary we use , curly brackets. Each key has quotations around it, followed by a colon to denote the next thing is the key's value. Both the key and the value can be any kind of object (a number, a word, a character, etc.)

print(mirriam_webster["Python"])#Print a value
mirriam_webster["Ugh"] = "The sound a programmer makes when stuck" #add a value

We can easily add a value just by adding a new key and value to our pre-existing dictionary. Similarly to how we can iterate through a list, we can also use a for loop to iterate through our dictionary.

for key, value in mirriam_webster.iteritems():

Now I know this looks a bit weird, lets break down what's happening here:

x, y = 5, 10 #we're making two variables x and y equal to 5 and 10 respectively

print(mirriam_webster.iteritems())#returns each key and value as basically a point (x,y) so we can set variables equal to it.

The next post is a continuation of this one, which will describe a simple todolist app.