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Python Programming – Global And Local Variables
A variable’s lifetime is the period of time for which it resides in the memory. The lifetime of variables inside a function is as long as the function executes. They are destroyed once you return from the function. Hence, a function does not remember the value of a variable from its previous calls.
All variables in a program may not be accessible at all locations in that program. This depends on where you have declared a variable. The variable declared in one part of the program may not be accessible to the other parts. The scope of a variable determines the portion of the program where you can access a particular identifier. There are two basic scopes of variables in Python.
- Global scope
- Local scope
Variables that are defined inside a function body have a local scope. In other words, it is local to that function and those defined outside have a global scope. This means that local variables can be accessed only inside the function in which they are declared, If you then try to access the variable x outside the function, it will give NameError.
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Global variables can be accessed throughout the program body by all functions. When you call a function, the variables declared inside it are brought into scope,
def fund ( ) :
x=9 # Local scope
fund ( )
y=9 # Global scope
def func2( ):
Let us discuss global scope of a variable in
- The global names are variables assigned at the top level of the enclosing module file. It means that it is visible everywhere within the program.
- The global names must be declared only if they are assigned within a function.
- Global variables must be referenced within a function without being declared. See Example 14.
Demo of local and global variables.
|total = 0; # This is global variable.
# Function definition def sum( arg1, arg2 ):
# Add both the parameters and return them.
total = arg1 + arg2; # Here total Is local variable
print(“Inside the function local total : “, total)
# Now you can call sum function
sum( 20, 40 )
print(“Outside the function global total : “, total)
When the above code is executed, it produces the following result:
Inside the function local total: 60
Outside the function global total: 0
The global statements are remotely like declaration statements in Python. They do not type or size declarations, though they are namespace declarations. The global statement tells Python that a function plans to change one or more global names, i.e., names that live in the enclosing module’s scope (namespace).
- A namespace is a practical approach to define the scope, and it helps to avoid name conflicts.