Recitation 1| Review Of Lecture 01 and 02

Recitation 1| Review Of Lecture 01 and 02


What is a computer?

The most basic computer consists of these 4 components.

  • CPU
  • Memory
  • Input
  • Output

What is a program?

A program is a sequential steps of execution of instruction, which are loaded from memory to be executed.
Computer executes instruction in binary format i.e. every instruction is a sequence of 0’s and 1’s, but this is very difficult for humans to read.

0001 1110 // mean add 1 to a variable x

So we have an abstraction on top of binary instruction which is somewhat readable to humans, like

mov ax,1    //assign value 1 to a variable ax
add ax,5    //add 5 to what ever is stored in variable `ax`

Now this sequence is readable to humans, but still a bit difficult, so we have programming languages like Python, which provides us with a language which is much closer to human understanding, like

ax = 1  //assign 1 to a variable ax
ax = ax + 5 //add 5 to ax

Now if you see these code sequence which is much more readable than previous 2.

So all the programming languages allows us to express our thought in a language we understand than converts it to a language (binary) which a computer can understand and executes.

Syntax & Semantics


Every programming languages have a set of syntax, it is a way part of the language put together.


variable + variable     //valid syntax in Python
variable variable +     //not valid in Python, but may be valid in other.

Static Semantics

Static Semantics is syntactical valid statement which means  something.


a = 5
b = 2
a/2     //valid operation
a/b     //valid operation

c = "foo"
a/c     //syntactically valid, but static semantic is off, because how to divide number with a string

The Syntax and Static Semantics, are easier for a compiler or interpreter to check, as these are pretty explicit rules.


This is the part where the Syntax of the program is correct, the sequence of instructions have some meaning (Static Semantically correct) , but as a whole the programs does not work.


a = 5
b = 2
a/b         //correct, both syntactically and static semantically.

c = 0
a/c         //correct, both syntactically and static semantically, but does not give the required out put.

All program are very explicit, without ambiguity.

Python Introduction.

Python is a general purpose language, used for

  • Web Development,
  • UI development
  • Test Automation etc.

Python is a interpreted language, which means, the code which we write is interpreted and executed directly, there is nothing in between like in compiled language.

Like all programming languages, Python have a sequence of expression. An expression consist of Operand, Operator, Operand, ex:-

myVar = 'A String'  //myVar is a variable,
//`A String` is a string literal.
// = is a operator.
//so variable and literals are things i.e. Operand on which the operator `=` works on

Everything in Python is object.

Type of Object in Python.


int means integer, like.


The operation possible on int’s are as given below.

Operator Meaning       
+      Addition      
-      Subtraction   
*      Multiply      
/      Division      
**     Exponentiation
%      Modulo        

In case of integer division, the decimal portion is truncated, not floored or ceilinged.


Float are similar to real numbers, but not always, which will be discussed lated. Float’s are numbers with decimal point.

2.5, 3.14, 0.0

Pythons creates the type of a variable based on the value stored in it. ex.

a = 1   //type of a is int here.
b = 1.0 //type of a is float here.

The operation possible on float’s are as given below.

Operator Meaning       
+      Addition      
-      Subtraction   
*      Multiply      
/      Division      
**     Exponentiation


String is just a sequence of characters.


myVar = "Hello"

In python, we can specify a string using single quote '' or double quote "". This is use fully when one string is embedded inside another. ex.

myVar = "Hello, 'Maths' i do not understand you."

We can do concatenationn in python like..


s1 = "Hello"
s2 = "World"

s1+s2   //"Hello World", concatenate.


It is a type with 2 values, True and False.

None Type

It holds a place like a place holder, without any value.

The data type to be discussed later.




Comparison Operator.

Comparison operator are applicable to Boolean data type, each operator takes two operand and compare them based on the operator mentioned below.

Operator         Meaning       
   <    Less Than            
   >    Greater Than         
   <=   Less then equal to   
   >=   Greater then equal to
   !=   Not Equal            
   ==   Equal                


a = 2
b = 3
a < b   //True
a > b   //False

Logical Operator

Operator    Meaning   No of Operator
   and    Logical And               2
    or    Logical or                2
   not    Logical Not               1

and Operator

Below example shows the use of and operator. and return true if an only if both operand are True

a = True
b = True
c = False

a and b     //True
a and c     //False

or Operator

Below example shows the use of or operator. or returns True when anyone of the operator is True, False when both the operand are False.

a = True
b = True
c = False

a or b     //True
a or c     //True

not Operator

Below example shows the use of not operator. not reverses the boolean value of the operand.

b = True
c = False

not b   //False
not c   //True

We can also combine the not, and, or operator to make complex comparison like shown below.

a = True
b = True
c = False

(a and b) or c  //True

Comparison operators take numeric value and output’s Boolean value, which can then be tested with Logical Operator.


d = 3
e = 4
f = 5

(d < e) and (e < f)     //True

Flow Control Statements.

Till now all the operators are able to perform single line operations, so we cannot deviate for the top down flow of program. We can use the Branching statement to change the flow of statements.

Branching Statements.

if  elif else Statement

The basic syntax of these are given below.

if <condition>:
Execute True block
elif <condition>:
Execute this block when if block is false.
else :
Execute this block when both the above block is false.

elif and else block in the above syntax is not necessary.
Python represent block of code by indent, and not using any brackets.

Looping Statement

These are the statements which are executed in loops i.e. iterate over multiple times.

There are two variant of the loops.

  1. for loop
  2. while loop

for loop

for loop is used when we have to iterate over a definite set of data as shown below.

for i in range(1,10)
print i    //will print 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, execute 9 times with incrementing the value of i.

while loop

A while loop executes till a conditions remains True, So while loop is mostly used when we are not sure the no of iteration which will be required.


while <condtion>:
//Execute till the condition is True.

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