Exec with Python Tutorial

Something similar to eval is the exec function. What exec is going to do is both compile and evaluate a statement from a string. So, as you might guess, this one is even more dangerous than pickle and eval, so again, only do this with sources that can be trusted. This is another example of something people might get the wild idea of using unprotected with some sort online form so they can create their own embedded Python IDE in a browser. Let's see some examples of exec. If you recall from the previous tutorial, eval wouldn't compile any code. Exec, however, will. Let's see:

First, we can see how it can do the same things eval does, like:

exec("print('so this works like eval')")
That should work, just like with eval.

Awesome, but what about:

list_str = "[5,6,2,1,6]"
list_str = exec(list_str)
Remember, this compiles and evaluates.

That code is like just simply inputting the list in the Python IDE and running it. You just won't see anything happen.

exec("list_str = [1,5,7,8,2]")
Magic! Sorcery!

So the above code works. If that isn't awesome and scary at the same time, I don't know what is.

exec("def test(): print('oooo snap!!!')")
Even more awesome, and even scarier!

Do you have to do these one-liners though?

def test2():
    print('lets see if multi line works....')


Shut the front door!

Pretty awesome stuff if you ask me! Just note that you need to use those triple quotes for the multi-line codes.

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