Pieces of Code¶
Our code has grown quite large, we should split it into smaller pieces. How about separating it into the following files:
constants.py, which will hold all the constant values we use in our program
simulation.py, which contains all the functions used for simulating our growth model
evaluation.py, which holds functions for all the statistical evaluation
__main__.py, which ties it all together and runs the actual simulation
The Contants File¶
We begin by moving out the constants, since this is probably the easiest task.
Of course the rest of our program needs to know about these constants. What we can do to make the code from one Python file in another one is importing it.
So, in our original
growth_model.py we add the line
In this case
constants (without the
.py ending) is the name of the file from which to import something.
The part after the
import specifies what to import.
It is recommended to only import what you actually need as opposed to just importing everything.
The Simulation File¶
Next, lets move the functions
input_positive_integer(…) into the file
One could argue that
input_positive_integer(…) is not actually part of the simulation and deserves its own file, so each file only deals with one topic.
What do you think?
We also have to pay attention that we now no longer need the
INDIVIDUALS_PER_GROUP in the
growth_model.py but in the
# growth_model.py from constants import START_DAY from simulation import input_positive_integer, simulate_day # Simulation starting parameters starting_population = input_positive_integer("starting population") food_per_day = input_positive_integer("amount of food per day") simulation_duration = input_positive_integer("simulation duration (in days)") …
The Evaluation File¶
All the statistical evaluation can be put into a separate file as well. We should gather all these steps into one function, while we are at it.
# evaluation.py def statistical_evaluation(population_data): gathered_values = len(population_data) lowest_population = min(population_data) highest_population = max(population_data) average_population = sum(population_data) / gathered_values print("We gathered", gathered_values, "data points") print("Minimum:", lowest_population, "individuals") print("Maximum:", highest_population, "individuals") print("Average:", average_population, "individuals") # This function just does its thing and does not produce a value. # Thus we can leave out the return here.
The Main File¶
If we have a program that is composed of more than one file, it is customary to name the one file that launches everything
__main__.py so it can be spotted easily.
In this case we could rename our
growth_model.py and that is all.
Sometimes we have programs that do everything in one file.
Naming them all
__main__.py would be a bit inconvenient, so there is an alternative for that case.
- Splitting programs into dedicated files can be a good idea
- To access variables or functions defined in other files, they can be imported
- It is easier to tie a program together then to split it up.