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def easy_input (prompt, defaultValue=None):
'''Doc string: idiomatically read input with optional default value:
'''
prompt = '%s%s: ' % (prompt, ('[%s]' % defaultValue) if defaultValue is not None else '')
var = raw_input(prompt)
if not var:
var = defaultValue
return var
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JimDennis commented Jul 9, 2014

Note: might want the var = defaultValue to be var = str(defaultValue) to ensure that you always return strings!

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