[Python-Dev] String method: longest common prefix of two strings
19 Jan 2003 12:20:03 +0100
I'd like to get some feedback on a new string method which might
be useful: getting the longest common prefix of two strings.
1. First of all: YAGNI or not?
I have an application where I could use this. I will be importing
emails from a trouble-ticket system into another system. The body
of a trouble ticket contains a log of actions. To find the new log
entries, I'd like to compare the bodies of the last and next-to-last
2. Is there a need for a fast built-in operation coded in C?
Should I use difflib instead?
3. Is s1.commonprefix(s2) OK? Or should the name be different?
s1.longestcommonprefixwith(s2) is a bit awkward to write...
4. Should the method return the length of the common prefix instead
of the common prefix itself?
5. Should there be a suffix version too?
I would be willing to provide the necessary patches to stringobject.c,
test_string.py and libstdtypes.tex.
/ Kent Engstr=F6m, firstname.lastname@example.org