A Variable is a named item that is used as data store that changes as the program runs.
This is normally from within the main code although under special circumstances it can be from a function or subprogram.
Before getting into the details of variables, there are a few important rules that you must follow.
You can define a variables with any valid name you wish.
For Example you could name a variable "david" and then use it to store data with any of the types shown below.
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Python has no concept of explicit datatyping as is the case in many programming languages.
This means that when you name a variable and store data it implicitly becomes that datatype
There are various functions that you can use to convert between one datatype and another eg the int function converts a string or float variable to an integer.
You may see code that uses single letters as the name of variables.
This is bad programming practice and should be avoided.
Trying to read and understand code that has a lot of single letter variables soon becomes incomprehensible!
Check out this info about good programming practice and some exercises
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