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Python Python Basics (2015) Letter Game App Even or Odd Loop

"Task 1 is no longer passing"

Why?

even.py
import random

start = 5

def even_odd(num):
    # If % 2 is 0, the number is even.
    # Since 0 is falsey, we have to invert it with not.
    return not num % 2

def main()
while start:
    ri = random(randint(1,99))
    if even_odd(ri) == True:
        print "{} is even".format(ri)
    else:
        print "{} is odd".format(ri)    
    start -= 1
    return

main()

3 Answers

james south
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james south
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 33,258 Points

you are doing things the challenge does not ask for. it just asks for a while loop, not a function, so the empty function body, missing colon, errant return statement and call to main() are throwing errors.

Appreciate the reply, James, thanks. I wrapped the code in a function to begin with because I was getting that error even w/o wrapping in a function and just thought I'd try. I get frustrated sometimes w/ these challenges because whenever I get that error "task 1 is not longer passing" - it's very obtuse and I can't figure out what's causing it, and I usually have to roll back and start all the challenge questions over. The challenge instructions are usually concise enough so that I don't run into this problem, but it's pretty maddening when it happens. Just venting...

thanks again - paul

james south
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james south
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it often says that when you introduce an error in the current task. it rarely if ever is actually because your code from a previous task is suddenly not acceptable any more. you don't have to start over.