Use the null object in Python

David Y.

The Problem

How can I use null values in Python?

The Solution

None is Python’s equivalent of null. It is a singleton object of the class NoneType. It is universally available and cannot be reassigned. To test whether a variable is None, we should use Python’s is identity operator, as below:

my_object = None if my_object is None: print("It's null!")

Using is is preferable to using ==, as the latter can be overloaded, which may lead to unexpected behavior when used with certain objects.

None is falsy, which means that it will be considered equivalent to False when used in boolean expressions.

if None: print("This line will never execute") else: print("This line will always execute")

Get Started With Sentry

Get actionable, code-level insights to resolve Python performance bottlenecks and errors.

  1. Create a free Sentry account

  2. Create a Python project and note your DSN

  3. Grab the Sentry Python SDK

pip install --upgrade sentry-sdk
  1. Configure your DSN
import sentry_sdk sentry_sdk.init( "https://<key><project>", # Set traces_sample_rate to 1.0 to capture 100% # of transactions for performance monitoring. # We recommend adjusting this value in production. traces_sample_rate=1.0, )

Check our documentation for the latest instructions.

Loved by over 4 million developers and more than 90,000 organizations worldwide, Sentry provides code-level observability to many of the world’s best-known companies like Disney, Peloton, Cloudflare, Eventbrite, Slack, Supercell, and Rockstar Games. Each month we process billions of exceptions from the most popular products on the internet.

Share on Twitter
Bookmark this page
Ask a questionJoin the discussion

Related Answers

A better experience for your users. An easier life for your developers.

© 2024 • Sentry is a registered Trademark
of Functional Software, Inc.