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I’ve been making a Payroll program, and I seem to have problems around line 86 of my code, with “IndexError: list assignment index out of range” popping up every time I run the program. Can anyone help me solve this issue please?

from __future__ import annotations
from typing import List

fixed_rate_month = 1800  # Full-Time
fixed_rate_hour = 7  # Shift Worker

hours_worked = []

emp_count = 0   # TODO ARRANGE

class Employee:
    EMPLOYEES: List[Employee] = []

    def __init__(self, name: str, surname: str, emp_type: str): str = name
        self.surname: str = surname
        self.emp_type = emp_type
        self.__id: int = Employee.__get_next_id()
        self.__pay_details: dict = {}

    @property  # This property allows read-only access to __id (getter)
    def id(self) -> int:  # This returns an int (type hint)
        return self.__id

    def pay_details(self) -> dict:
        return self.__pay_details

    @staticmethod  # This keeps just one copy of the method in the class
    def __get_next_id() -> int:
        next_id = 0
        for e in Employee.EMPLOYEES:
            next_id = e.__id if e.__id > next_id else next_id
        next_id += 1
        return next_id

    def get_by_id(employee_id: int) -> Employee:
        for e in Employee.EMPLOYEES:
            if e.__id == employee_id:
                return e

def show_menu():
    while True:
        print('\nPayroll System')
        print('1. Add an Employee')
        print('2. Show Employees')
        print('3. Exit')
        response = input('Choice >')

        if response == '1':
        elif response == '2':
        elif response == '3':
            print('Invalid Option!')

def add_employee():
    global emp_count

    checker = False
    print('\nAdding an Employee')
    name = input('Name >')
    surname = input('Surname >')

    emp_type = ''  # So the variable is created
    while checker is False:
        print('\nWhich type of employee is', name, surname, '?')
        print('     Full-Time Employee (FT)')
        print('     Shift Worker (SW)')
        emp_type = input(str('\nEmployment Type >'))

        if emp_type != 'FT' and emp_type != 'SW' and emp_type != 'ft' and emp_type != 'sw':
            print('Invalid Option! Please try again.')
            checker = True
            if emp_type == 'SW' or emp_type == 'sw':
                print('\nHow many hours has', name, surname, 'worked?')
                hours_worked.append(int(input('Hours >')))

    if checker:
        # Only do this if the checker works
        Employee(name, surname, emp_type)
        emp_count += 1

def show_employees(employee_id: int) -> None:       # TODO ARRANGE LATER'
    e = Employee.get_by_id(employee_id)
    print('\n{0:3}\t{1:10}\t{2:10}\t{3:5}'.format('ID', 'Name', 'Surname', 'Emp. Type'))
    for e in Employee.EMPLOYEES:
        print('{0:03d}\t{1:10}\t{2:10}\t{3:<5.1}'.format(,, e.surname, e.emp_type))

    print('\nPay Details of Employee {0:03d} ({1} {2})'.format(,, e.surname))
    print('{0:10}\t{1:5}'.format('Gross Wage', 'Net Wage', 'Payslip Date'))
    for gross_wage, net_wage, ps_date in e.pay_details.items():
        print('{1:10}\t{1:<5}'.format(gross_wage, net_wage, ps_date))


What I have tried:

I'm not sure, I just messed around to try and find alternatives.
Updated 23-Aug-23 2:45am
Richard MacCutchan 22-Aug-23 8:42am    
            show_employees() # you need to pass the employee id as a parameter

# ...

def show_employees(employee_id: int)

The show_employees method reqiires an employee id in the call. So either add that to the call in the menu section, or change the definition to not require an id value.

1 solution

The error message is telling you that there is no such element in the array you are assigning to:
hours_worked[emp_count] = int(input('Hours >'))
And that is because the array has no elements when you start:
hours_worked = []

Instead of assuming an element exists when you try to add a new employee (which is won't as you are trying to create it!) append the new employee data to the array:
hours_worked.append(int(input('Hours >')))

Hi, and thank you so much for helping!

However, as I tried this solution, another error popped up: TypeError: show_employees() missing 1 required positional argument: 'employee_id'. I have updated the code in the question, and the problem seems to be coming from line 58.

You should expect to get syntax errors every day, probably many times a day while you are coding - we all do regardless of how much experience we have! Sometimes, we misspell a variable, or a keyword; sometimes we forget to close a string or a code block. Sometimes the cat walks over your keyboard and types something really weird. Sometimes we just forget how many parameters a method call needs.

We all make mistakes.

And because we all do it, we all have to fix syntax errors - and it's a lot quicker to learn how and fix them yourself than to wait for someone else to fix them for you! So invest a little time in learning how to read error messages, and how to interpret your code as written in the light of what the compiler is telling you is wrong - it really is trying to be helpful!

So read this: How to Write Code to Solve a Problem, A Beginner's Guide Part 2: Syntax Errors[^] - it should help you next time you get a compilation error!

And spending a little time learning to understand syntax error messages will save you a huge amount of time in future: you waited at least 25 minutes for me to reply, then your email system probably added another 10 minutes or so, plus the time it took you to type up the question. Chances are that you could have saved a significant chunk of that time if you knew how to read them!

I'm not saying we don't want to help you fix them - sometimes I can't see my own errors because I read what I meant to write - but fixing syntax errors is part of the job, and if you can't do it for yourself people are going to look at you as a bit weird should you get a job in the industry!

In this case look at where you define the function and where you use it, and combine that with the error message and it should be pretty obvious what you forgot!
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CPallini 22-Aug-23 6:01am    
Member 16076363 22-Aug-23 7:58am    
Hi, and thank you so much for helping!

However, as I tried this solution, another error popped up: TypeError: show_employees() missing 1 required positional argument: 'employee_id'. I have updated the code in the question, and the problem seems to be coming from line 58.
OriginalGriff 22-Aug-23 8:25am    
Answer updated.

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