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Integers

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00:00 Let’s get started looking at integers.

00:05 Integers—what is an integer? Well, an integer is a whole number, the kind you started out counting out when you first learned about numbers at school. In Python 3, an integer is any length up to the memory limit of the computer, so you probably won’t run out of integers that you can use.

00:25 The default is in decimal—base 10—but as you’ll see, you’ll be able to define them and view them in different bases. You’re going to see how to create integers and different ways you can work with them in the following videos.

00:42 Throughout these workshops, our coding will be done using bpython, which is a version of the Python REPL that uses docstrings and color coding to make understanding code more simple. With that housekeeping out of the way, let’s look at ints.

00:57 As you’ve already seen, an int is a whole number, and they can be created easily as seen here—creating a variable a with a value of 1 and b with a value of 10.

01:11 We can see that a has a value of 1, and b has a value of 10. It’s possible to do simple arithmetic, such as a + b, seen here, or a - b. And the results are as we would expect. As mentioned previously, the default for these numbers is decimal, or base 10, but it’s possible to use other bases.

01:37 We can have them in binary, hexadecimal, or octal. If we want to define one in binary, here we can see we’re defining c, and we start off with 0b and then put in the binary digits that make the number up.

01:53 And now we’ve defined c, and if we hit c and Enter, the value—as you can see—is 343 in decimal. This is a nice, quick, easy way to convert binary numbers to decimal.

02:09 Here, one can be defined in octal, again using a similar pattern, but 0 and then o, for octal, and then putting some octal digits.

02:18 And again, d equates to 153802 in decimal. And e will be defined in hexadecimal using 0x before the digits which make it up—in this case, ac4d.

02:32 And that equates to 44109 in decimal. Now sometimes, you’ll be in a situation where you’ve got a string which is a number, but you need to equate it to an int.

02:47 Here I’m going to define my_num as a string of '1235'. If you try and do some addition with that, my_num + b, you can see it doesn’t work.

03:02 We get a TypeError and you can see that it’s trying to concatenate the string and b. So, it’s actually not doing what you’d think at all, and certainly not the addition we were looking for.

03:16 So what’s needed is to convert my_num into an integer to allow maths to be performed on it. That’s done using the keyword int(), and inside we’ll put the original variable my_num, and you can see that now equates to the number 1235, whereas my_num is the string with the quotes enclosing it.

03:40 And there you can see the int doesn’t have any quotes.

03:48 Now, we can define my_num_2 as the int() with a value of my_num, and now it’s possible to do the maths on it. + b gives us the value of 1245.

04:05 As you’ll see with all of the variables in this course, it’s possible to inspect the type of them using type(). So here, type() and then we put any of our variables in, and we can see that they are the <class 'int'>, which is for integer variables.

04:21 And helpfully, you can see that the reported <class 'int'> is the same as the keyword used to cast a variable into that type.

04:33 You’ve already seen how to define an integer using a base of binary, oct, or hexadecimal, but it’s also possible to perform the translation the other way around.

04:45 Now you’re going to see that in action using the my_num_2 variable, in converting it to different bases. First, it’s possible to create a binary representation of it using the bin() keyword, and now you have the binary representation of my_num_2. Using oct() gives us the octal representation of my_num_2.

05:08 And using hex() gives us the hexadecimal version of that number. Remember, it’s still the same number—we’re just representing it in different bases.

05:19 You can see that these are three easy ways to represent the same number in binary, octal, or hexadecimal. And that covers integers!

emalfiza on Jan. 24, 2020

I had researched and dived to so many resources for the fundamentals of Pyhton, this is the first amazing one that I come across. Till now I didnt know we could get the Bin, Oct and Hex in python numbers… wow

Cory on April 23, 2020

May sound stupid, but why does bin(), oct(), hex() return a string? Does it have to deal with underlying programming of python seeing alphanumerics as a string? I apologize I like knowing how things work.

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