# Console-based Guess the Number

I started learning Python and wrote my first program. This is a console game based on guessing the number. Can you take a look and tell me if I'm doing it right or give me any advice? Here is the code: https://github.com/theriseq/GuessTheNumber

Is it a good way of doing this or can I simplify it?

Thank you.

main.py

from can_convert import check
import random

welcome_msg = """Welcome to GuessTheNumber Game!
I\'m thinking of a number between 1 and 100.
Can you guess this number?

[?] Type \'pass\' to exit game.
"""
print(welcome_msg)

number_to_guess = random.randrange(1, 101)
attemps = 0

while True:
if user_inp != "pass":
if check(user_inp):
attemps += 1
# print('is int')
if int(user_inp) < number_to_guess:
elif int(user_inp) > number_to_guess:
else:
print("Correct! You won the game!")
print(f"Attemps: {attemps}")
break
else:
print('Enter numbers only!')
else:
break


can_convert.py

def check(to_check):
try:
int(to_check)
return True
except ValueError:
return False

• Please edit your title to be on-topic, aka claim what the code does, as opposed to the currently very generic title. May 1, 2020 at 11:46
• Welcome to CR SE! Alex Povel is right that you need to rename the question, but the question body looks ok, and I'll try to post a response if work's not too busy this morning! May 1, 2020 at 12:03
• Technically we need the challenge description to be inside the question body, but a number-guessing-game is as common as FizzBuzz nowadays. Please note this for future questions though, good luck.
– Mast
May 1, 2020 at 18:50
• @AlexPovel Titles don't make questions on or off-topic. A bad title gets a downvote, but not a close vote. May 3, 2020 at 2:35

Here is a list of found issues, in order of occurrence:

• importing from your custom can_convert is fine. You should stick to modularization like that for bigger projects. However, here, it actually seems to be in the way of things. It checks if the string can be converted, but does not actually do any conversion. We later have to do the conversion again anyway. This can be combined.
• Currently, the welcome message and actual random range can deviate. You already know what f-strings are, so they should be used to keep that in line.
• Use randint to include both bounds, as opposed to randrange, which would stop one short of upper_bound, as you already noted.
• input will already return a string, no need to convert via str.
• By inverting the logic in checking for "pass", a whole block of indentation can be spared. Just check if user_inp == "pass" and break if True. All following code can be one level less indented, since no else statement is required.
• Now for the main logic. The try block has moved here, away from the import. Notice that the logic is still the same. However, we assign to number immediately without checking first. If this fails, the except block is triggered.

• Note that int("2.2") will also be a ValueError despite "2.2", to humans, clearly being a number. So the error message should specify whole numbers to be more precise.
• The added else block is run if no exception was raised, so in the normal game.
• number is now available, so no need to call int conversion repeatedly.

Keep try blocks short and concise and never leave an except statement bare. You did this fine! Lastly, try to not nest try/except blocks.

• There was a typo for attempts.
import random

upper_bound = 100
lower_bound = 1

welcome_msg = f"""Welcome to GuessTheNumber Game!
I'm thinking of a number between {lower_bound} and {upper_bound}.
Can you guess this number?

[?] Type 'pass' to exit game.
"""
print(welcome_msg)

number_to_guess = random.randint(lower_bound, upper_bound)
attempts = 0

while True:
if user_inp == "pass":
break
try:
number = int(user_inp)
except ValueError:
print('Enter whole numbers only!')
else:  # no exception occurred
attempts += 1
if number < number_to_guess:
elif number > number_to_guess:
else:
print("Correct! You won the game!")
print(f"Attempts: {attempts}")
break


You've done a great job demoing a variety of patterns and tools. I'll add two more things you could benefit from learning early:

• Type hints. Function headers are almost always clearer with type hints, and you need them if you want to use a tool like MyPy.
• The main method pattern.
• (Usually I'd also advocate for recursion when someone's demo project is a REPL game like this, but in your case I don't think it would improve this code.)

Other stuff:

• Usually it's better to avoid exceptions when you have other options. While you could do what you're doing here by other means, you've done a few things that make me like your check function: It's concise, it bundles away a discrete bit of functionality, and you're catching a narrowly defined exception class.
• Unfortunately, it's a little clunky to have a function that just tells you if int(x) threw an exception, just so you can call int(x) on the next line. You have many other options; I'd be fine with def check (user_input: str) -> Optional[int]:..., but then you must use if x is [not] None:... later.
• Depending exactly what the function in question does, either validate or sanitize would probably be better than check.
• I lied: another new thing to learn: itertools. In particular, a while loop that increments something is always begging to get replaced with a for loop. In this case, since we want to keep going "as long as it takes", we need a lazy infinite iteratable: itertools.count(0).
• In order to make that work, we'll need to separate out the "that input was invalid, try again" logic into a separate loop (or recursive function).
• And then if you teach yourself generators you could write for (try_number, user_input) in zip(itertools.count(0), yielded_user_input()):.... Fun times!
• "Usually it's better to avoid exceptions when you have other options.", do you have an example? One replacement for exceptions can lead to an abundance of isinstance, hasattr, issubclass or similar checks (Look Before You Leap), which is mostly more verbose with little added benefit. See also here. May 1, 2020 at 14:41
• @AlexPovel Where EAFP may be Python-idiomatic, (1) there are exceptions and (2) it's not my personal style. Consider the difference between try: dict[k] except KeyError vs. dict.get[k], where I would prefer the latter. May 1, 2020 at 15:06
• People throw exceptions and catch exceptions all the time and it's fine. But I do claim that you should always consider other options. If what you're trying to say is if is_valid(x): y(x) else: z() then you wouldn't want to write try: y(x) except Barr: z(). Also, while it seems trite to say "There are a lot of ways you can do exceptions badly", people really do make mistakes, and other patterns really do have fewer pitfalls. May 1, 2020 at 16:52
• Okay, both these are good points. May 1, 2020 at 17:44
• "The main method pattern" links to MyPy, Is that supposed to be a different link? May 1, 2020 at 18:24