Python has some simple and rudimentary built-in documentation that can be quite helpful if you need a quick refresher to trigger your memory about the exact name of a particular method. This documentation can be viewed in the Python interpreter in interactive mode.
You can bring up an interactive help system using
>>> help() help> modules
If you know what module you want to use, you can use the
dir() command to find the methods in the module as follows:
>>> import re >>> dir(re) [.. 'compile', 'copy_reg', 'error', 'escape', 'findall', 'finditer', 'match', 'purge', 'search', 'split', 'sre_compile', 'sre_parse', 'sub', 'subn', 'sys', 'template']
You can also get a small amount of documentation on a particular method using the dir command.
>>> help (re.search) Help on function search in module re: search(pattern, string, flags=0) Scan through string looking for a match to the pattern, returning a match object, or None if no match was found. >>>
The built-in documentation is not very extensive, but it can be helpful when you are in a hurry or don't have access to a web browser or search engine.