We help IT Professionals succeed at work.
Get Started

newbie syntax question for Python - indenting

Wm Peck 1958
Wm Peck 1958 asked
on
67 Views
Last Modified: 2019-12-10
Looking at Python for the first time … going through these tutorials

I'm running Python via SPSS Statistics (Python 3.4.3 Shell) and got this error which is entered directly from the tutorial:
>>> x = int(input("Please enter an integer: "))
Please enter an integer: 55
>>> if x < 0:
	x = 0
	print('Negative changed to zero')
	elif x == 0:
		
SyntaxError: invalid syntax
>>> 

Open in new window


In Anaconda I get this error:
>>> x = int(input("Please enter an integer: "))
Please enter an integer: 55
>>> if x < 0:
... x = 0
  File "<stdin>", line 2
    x = 0
    ^
IndentationError: expected an indented block
>>>

Open in new window

And if I press the Indent key, Anancoda throws up on me ...

So not sure what I'm doing wrong right out of the gate ...

Also, is there a recommended IDE for Python?
Comment
Watch Question
Social distance; Wear a mask; Get vaccinated
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2014
Commented:
This problem has been solved!
Unlock 1 Answer and 2 Comments.
See Answer
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE