What is the use of “assert” keyword in Python?

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I have been reading some source code and in several places I have seen the usage of assert.

What does it mean exactly? What is its usage?
Oct 15, 2018 in Python by findingbugs
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You can try the following in a interactive shell:

>>> assert 5 > 2
>>> assert 2 > 5
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<string>", line 1, in <fragment>
builtins.AssertionError:

The first statement does nothing, while the second raises an exception. This is the first hint: asserts are useful to check conditions that should be true in a given position of your code (usually, the beginning (preconditions) and the end of a function (postconditions)).

Asserts are actually highly tied to programming by contract, which is a very useful engineering practice

answered Oct 15, 2018 by Priyaj
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