Python advanced features - Make developer life easy

Python advanced concepts that help to increase your Python knowledge

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·Jun 27, 2022·

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Python advanced features - Make developer life easy

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Table of contents

  • Map Function
  • Filter
  • Lambda functions
  • Decorators
  • Exception Handling

Python is a simple to use, high-level, object-oriented programming language. There are some advanced features that are usually discovered through extensive experience and make easy solutions to any problem and represent yourself as an experienced developer.

Map Function

  • Map is a built-in Python function used to apply a function to a sequence of elements like a list or dictionary.
  • A map object is the result obtained by applying the specified function to every item present in the iterable.
  • It uses to process all the elements present in an iterable without explicitly using a looping construct
def square(num):
    return num * num

result = list(map(square, [5, 10, 15, 25]))
# Output: [25, 100, 225, 625]

# -----------------------------

def multiplier(num_a, num_b):
    return num_a * num_b

result = list(map(multiplier, [2, 8, 9], [6, 10, 12]))
# Output: [12, 80, 108]


  • The filter() function extracts elements from an iterable (list, tuple, dictionary) for which a function returns True.
  • The filter() function will simply make an object which will not be a copy of the list but will be a reference to the original list, along with the function that has been provided to filter, and the indices which have to be traversed in the original list.

The Syntax For Filter

filter(function, iterable)

The filter() method in Python will return an iterator that will contain all the elements of the original iterable that has passed the function check

def is_even_number(number):
    if number % 2 == 0:
          return True  

    return False

# Extract elements from the numbers list
result_iterator = filter(is_even_number, [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10])

# Convert to list
even_numbers = list(result_iterator)

# Output: [2, 4, 6, 8, 10]

Lambda functions

  • A Lambda Function is a small, anonymous function that does not contain any name and is contained in a single line of code.
  • It can take any number of arguments, but the number of expressions can only be one.
  • It makes a clean, simplistic programming language to use and easy to read for simple logical operations.

The Syntax For Lambda function

lambda arguments: expression

# Program to show the use of lambda functions
double = lambda value: value * 2


Example use with map()

# Program to double each item in a list using map()
data = [1, 5, 4, 6, 8, 11, 3, 12]
update_data = list(map(lambda value: value * 2 , data ))

[2, 10, 8, 12, 16, 22, 6, 24]


  • A decorator is a feature in python that adds some new functionality to existing code without altering the original structure.
  • There are two types of decorators:
    1. function decorators
    2. class decorators
  • A decorators function has an @ before the function name.
  • It takes in a function, modifies it by adding functionality, and then returns it.
  • It is more like a regular function in Python that can be called and returns a callable.
def decorator(func):
    def inner(a, b):
        if b == 0:
            print("Can't divide by 0")
        return func(a, b)
    return inner

def division(a, b):

Output: 0.8

Output: Can't divide by 0

Exception Handling

  • An exception is a condition that occurs during the execution of the program and interrupts the execution.
  • Python has many built-in exceptions that are raised when your program encounters an error.
  • When these exceptions occur, the Python interpreter stops the current process and passes it to the calling process until it is handled. If not handled, the program will crash.
  • We use try and except blocks to handle exceptions in python.
  • We can use multiple except blocks to handle multiple exceptions at a time.


    # Some Code.... 
    # Handling of exception
    value = 5/0  # raises divide by zero exception.
except ZeroDivisionError:
    # Handles ZeroDivision exception
    print("Can't divide by zero")
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