10 Python Code Snippets We Should All Know

Check out these Python code snippets and start using them to solve everyday problems.

By Pralabh Saxena, Software Developer

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Python has seen enormous growth in its user base over recent years. Beginner programmers are opting for Python as their first language seeing its simple syntax and its applications.

In this article, I’ll share some Python code snippets that can be used to solve day-to-day problems. Let’s get started!


1. Merge two dictionaries

Merging multiple dictionaries has become easier after Python 3.5. We can merge multiple dictionaries in a single line using (**) operator. We need to pass dictionaries in {} along with (**) operator, and it's done.

Syntax: {**dictionary1, **dictionary2}

Output:Merged dictionary: {'name': 'Joy', 'age': 25, 'city': 'New York'}


2. Chain Comparison

This snippet allows you to make multiple comparisons with all kinds of the operator in a single line.



3. Print a String N times

We can use this code snippet to output a string N times without using any loop.



4. Checking if a File Exists

While working with file handling and any other operation, it is necessary to know if the file we are using in our code exists. Using this code snippet, we can know whether the file exists or not in our directory or given path.

Output:Does file exist: False


5. Retrieve the Last Element of a List

We can use the following ways to retrieve the last element from the list.


6. List Comprehension

List comprehension can be used to create a new list based on the elements of an existing list in just a single line of code.

Output:Vowels are:  ['i', 'i', 'o', 'e', 'a', 'o', 'i']


7. Calculate Code Execution Time

We can use the time library to calculate the time taken to execute a particular code.

Output:Sum: 45
Time:  0.0009965896606445312


8. Find Element with Most Occurrence

This code snippet returns the most frequent item that appears in the list.

Output:most frequent item is: 2


9. Convert Two Lists into a Dictionary

This code snippet can be used to convert two lists into a dictionary. In this method, we take two lists as input values. The first list will be the key of the dictionary, and values from the other list will be values of the dictionary.

Output:{1: 'one', 2: 'two', 3: 'three'}


10. Error Handling

Like other programming languages, Python also provides a way to handle exceptions using tryexcept and finally block.

Output:Can not divide by zero
Executing finally block



That’s all from this article. We have discussed some code snippets that I find extremely useful and can be used in everyday problems. You can use these snippets while day-to-day coding and competitive programming problems to speed up your work and make your code faster.

Thanks for reading!

For an additional 12 snippets, see the original article.


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Bio: Pralabh Saxena is a software developer with 1 year of experience. Pralabh writes articles on topics such as Python, Machine Learning, Data Science, and SQL.

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