Saturday, April 6, 2024


Exploring Emojis in Python: A Fun Demo

Emojis have become an integral part of online communication, adding color and emotion to our text-based conversations. Did you know that you can also use emojis as variables in your Python code? In this post, we'll explore how to do just that with a simple Python script.

Using Emojis as Variables

I recently stumbled upon a fascinating aspect of Python: you can use emojis as variable names and also print out the variable name along with its value. This opens up a world of possibilities for adding a touch of fun to your code. 

Let's take a look at a Python script I created to demonstrate this concept. The script contains various emoji variables along with their Unicode representations. It also includes a function called show_line() that prints each emoji variable, its Unicode representation, and its description.

Here's a snippet of the script: .

# Emoticons
emoji_smile = '\U0001F600'               # 😀
emoji_scissors = '\u2702'                # ✂
emoji_check = '\u2714'                   # ✔
# More emoji variables ...

def show_line(var_name) -> None:
    if not isinstance(var_name, str):
        print("Error: var_name must be a string.")
    global_vars = globals()
    if var_name in global_vars:
        var_value = global_vars[var_name]
        var_suffix = var_name.replace("emoji_", "")
        print(f"{var_name.ljust(40)} = '", end="")
        var_unicode_hex = ''.join([f"\\U{hex(ord(char))[2:].upper().zfill(8)}" for char in var_value])
        print(var_unicode_hex, end="'\t# ")
        print(f"{var_value}, '{var_suffix}'")
        print(f"Error: {var_name} not found in global variables.")

# Demo usage of the script
print("\n# Emoticons:")
# More calls to show_line() ...

How to Use the Script

To run the script and see the emojis in action, simply execute the main() function of the full script in my GitHub. You'll see each emoji variable printed along with its Unicode representation and description.

Additional Information

This script is intended for simple use cases when only a few emojis are used. For more advanced emoji usage, you might want to consider using the python-emoji library.

Feel free to explore my GitHub repository for the complete script and contribute if you'd like to  improve the script further.

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