The TODO app revisited

For starters, let’s revisit the TODO app we’ve built in Python Fundamentals I. Here it is, in its full glory:

exit = False

todo_items = []

def get_argument(command):
    command_name, argument = command.split(" ", maxsplit=1)
    return argument

def handle_add_command(command):
    task = get_argument(command)
    print(f"Adding task: {task}")

def handle_delete_command(command):
    item_number = get_argument(command)
    print(f"Deleting task: {item_number}")
    todo_items.pop(int(item_number) - 1)

def handle_list_command():
    index = 0
    for todo_item in todo_items:
        index += 1
        print(f"{index}. {todo_item}")

def handle_open_command(command):
    # Read a list of todo items from a file, one per line
    filename = get_argument(command)
    filename += ".todo.txt"

    with open(filename, "r") as file:
        for line in file:

def handle_save_command(command):
    # Save the list to a file, one item per line
    filename = get_argument(command)
    filename += ".todo.txt"
    with open(filename, "w") as file:
        for todo_item in todo_items:

def process_command(command):
    exit = False

    if command.startswith("exit"):
        exit = True
    elif command.startswith("add"):
    elif command.startswith("delete"):
    elif command.startswith("list"):
    elif command.startswith("open"):
    elif command.startswith("save"):
        print("Command not recognized")

    return exit

while not exit:
    command = input("Enter command: ")
    exit = process_command(command)

Some notes on the app

When looking back at it, we could group most of the lines into three categories:

  1. Some administrative variables (exit, todo_items)
  2. A list of function definitions
  3. The main loop

We’ll convert this little application into a proper Python package in the following lessons. As a bonus, we’ll also convert the project into a Poetry project once it’s done. Perhaps we’ll even throw in some colors while we’re at it!