Repeat after me, "Errors are good"
No seriously, errors are good, they give us information on what when wrong and where, but they don't look very nice. In fact sometimes they can scare the pants off us! Errors are there to alert us to an issue, but human beings see this alert as "You did something wrong puny human!!" and shut off.
So what is it?
pretty-errors is a library from Iain King to make exception output (errors) easier to understand.
Here is a quick example, I wrote a quick project which has a for loop, but rather than an integer, which would control the for loop to go round a set number of times, I used a float which will throw the above error.
After installing pretty-errors, the above error message is made much more clear.
So how do I install it?
On Linux / Mac
pip3 install pretty-errors
pip.exe install pretty-errors
So how do I use it?
This is the genius bit, all you need to do is import the library into your code and it just works. Here I've changed
from time import sleep import pretty_errors for i in range(2): pint(i)
And here is the error.
Yeah, it only works in terminal / REPl that supports colours. So the IDLE REPL and Mu will not support it. But a normal terminal, or Visual Studio Code will work fine.
Also not all errors are covered, so syntax errors, such as
While instead of
while will not trigger a pretty error. :(
But this library looks useful and hopefully more errors will be added.