An earlier exercise showed comments using the
# symbol, so why do we need another type of comment?
In Python, comments begin with a # symbol and continue to the end of the line. Text that is delimited by three double quotes at its beginning and end actually forms a multi-line string rather than a comment. In fact, a multi-line string is really just a string. Both comments and multi-line strings come in handy in different ways!
Single-line comments are great when you need to:
Write a comment on the same line (inline), perhaps to explain a variable or value.
Comment out a single line of code so that it doesn’t run.
Multi-line strings are useful when you need to:
Remove large blocks of code from a process without deleting them.
Write documentation for a program or function. If a string is positioned as the first line within a function, it serves as a docstring that can be accessed programmatically. For docstrings, it is conventional to use multi-line strings.
Ultimately the style and choice is up to you, but if you’re interested in going down the style guide rabbit hole, here’s a link to Python’s PEP 8 style guide!