Invalid Syntax?


#1

here is my code
the_flying_circus=66
def the_flying_circus():
if<66:
print "False"
elif>66:
print "False"
else:
print "True"
i keep getting the error message:
File "python", line 3
if < 66:
^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax


#2

You are comparing 66 to if, which won't work.


#3

thank you i was able to fix it. But i cant find a place to add a boolean any ideas?


#4

A boolean is True or False or something that evaluates to True or False.


#5

sorry i meant a boolean operator


#6

Boolean operators are:

and
or
not

#7

i know, I just can't figure out where to put one in because it asks that i use at least one and i had completely forgotten. Here is my edited code:
the_flying_circus= 66
def the_flying_circus():
if the_flying_circus()<66:
print "False"
elif the_flying_circus()>66:
print "True"
else:
print "True"
i was thinking i could replace "False" with "not True" but then i keep getting this message:
Oops, try again. The following exception was raised when calling the_flying_circus(): RuntimeError: maximum recursion depth exceeded


#8

This is because you are using three different variables, all called the_flying_circus.

Change two of them (not the function) to a different name.


#9

i changed the_flying_circus=66 to A=66 and got the same message i think i'm gonna scrap it and start over but thanks for the help anyway!


#10

@bitfit,

the_flying_circus= 66
def the_flying_circus():
    # if you =call= the_flying_circus() function here
    # you will pass this point again and again....untill you reach
    # maximum recursion depth exceeded
    # if the_flying_circus()<66: 
    if the_flying_circus > 1 and the_flying_circus <66: 
        print "False"
    elif the_flying_circus()>66:
        print "True"
    else:
        print "True"

#11

@bitfit,

the FUNCTION talk

def myFunc( param1, param2):
    # Begin of =myFunc= FUNCTION-BODY
    # this =myFunc= function- has 2 PARAMETERS param1 and param2
    # param1 and param2 PARAMETERS are used 
    # as -local- VARIABLES throughout the =myFunc= FUNCTION-BODY
    print( param1 + " and " + param2 )
    #End of =myFunc= FUNCTION-BODY

If you want to call/execute the myFunc function
you will have to add a pair of parentheses to myFunc
like
myFunc()
As the myFunc function was defined
as having 2 parameters
you have to provide 2 arguments
in our case 2 string VALUES "Alena" and "Lauren"
like
myFunc("Alena","Lauren")

some quotes from the outer-world:

**argument is the value/variable/reference being passed in,
parameter is the receiving variable used within the function/block**

OR

**"parameters" are called "formal parameters",
while "arguments" are called "actual parameters".**

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
++++ function with 1 parameter using return-statement

def myFunction( param1 ):
    # //Begin of =myFunction= FUNCTION-BODY
    # //=myFunction= function has 1 PARAMETER param1
    # //this param1 PARAMETER is used as a -local- VARIABLE
    # //throughout the =myFunction= FUNCTION-BODY
    return param1;
    # //End of FUNCTION-BODY

You have defined a myFunction function
which takes 1 parameter param1
this param1 parameter is used
as a variable throughout the =myFunction= FUNCTION-BODY.

If you want to call/execute this myFunction function
and this myFunction function was defined
as having 1 parameter param1
you will have to provide 1 argument
in our case a "number VALUE" 4
myFunction( 4 )

some quotes from the outer-world:

**argument is the value/variable/reference being passed in,
parameter is the receiving variable used within the function/block**

OR

**"parameters" are called "formal parameters",
while "arguments" are called "actual parameters".**

============================================

As you are using the return-statement in your myFunction function
you will only get a return-value no-display.
You can however capture this return-value in a variable
and then use the print-method to do a display.

theResult = myFunction( 4 )
print theResult

OR directly

print myFunction( 4 )

Reference:

google search
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#12

i'm sorry i scraped the whole thing and started anew and i finished in like 5 seconds but thank you so much for the input!!