[Python-ideas] New explicit methods to trim strings

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Tue Apr 2 14:28:01 EDT 2019

On 2019-04-02 19:10, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> Anders Hovmöller writes:
>   > Removing "file:" prefix:
>   > https://github.com/merijn/dotfiles/blob/43c736c73c5eda413dc7b4615bb679bd43a18d1a/dotfiles/hg-data/hooks/bitbucket.py#L16 <https://github.com/merijn/dotfiles/blob/43c736c73c5eda413dc7b4615bb679bd43a18d1a/dotfiles/hg-data/hooks/bitbucket.py#L16>
> This is interesting, because it shows the (so far standard) one-liner:
>      word[len(prefix):] if word.startswith(prefix) else word
> can be improved (?!) to
>      word[len(prefix) if word.startswith(prefix) else 0:]
It could be 'improved' more to:

     word[word.startswith(prefix) and len(prefix) : ]

> I don't know if this is more readable, but I think it's less so.
> Note that version 1 doesn't copy word if it doesn't start with prefix,
> while version 2 does.  In many applications I can think of the results
> would be accumulated in a set, and version 1 equality tests will also
> be faster in the frequent case that the word doesn't start with the
> prefix.  So that's the one I'd go with, as I can't think of any
> applications where multiple copies of the same string would be useful.
_Neither_ version copies if the word doesn't start with the prefix. If 
you won't believe me, test them! :-)

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