michael at trollope.org
Sat Jun 23 14:26:21 EDT 2001
>>>>> "Christopher" == Christopher A Craig <com-nospam at ccraig.org> writes:
Christopher> Michael Powe <looie+gnus at aracnet.com> writes:
>> Actually, it doesn't contain the dash. The dash is only
>> inserted if I press the enter key, leaving the PN string empty.
>> In the case of an
Christopher> I see that now. I was really only paying attention
Christopher> to the conditional...
>> So now the question is, 'why'? Am I misusing the string.find()
>> function? Okay, string.find() returns -1 when the string is not
>> found, which would seem to be what I expected, a false result.
>> Maybe python doesn't treat -1 as false? Well, I'll try being
>> explicit and testing for -1 return. I probably have just
>> confused myself hopelessly.
Christopher> As others have pointed out, -1 is not false in
Christopher> Python. I would highly recommend you (and anyone
Christopher> else just learning the language) read section 2
Christopher> (Built-in types) of the Library reference thoroughly.
Christopher> There is a lot of very useful information on how
Christopher> builtin types and functions work in there.
Thanks, I'll take a closer look. I've only looked at it piecemeal,
trying to work things out.
Christopher> More importantly though your code (which I quote
Christopher> below for readability), does not initialize Ph if the
Christopher> conditional is false. Even if you fix the logic
Christopher> error in the code, you are left with something that
Christopher> possibly returns an uninitialized value, which is bad
Christopher> practice. I presume that you want the program to
Christopher> return a value even when that condition is false, so
Christopher> you should have an else clause. If you want an error
Christopher> condition to occur when the condition is false then
Christopher> you should assert() the condition.
Right. The end result looks like this:
CC = raw_input("Country Code (ENTER for none): ")
AC = raw_input("Area Code: ")
PN = raw_input("Phone Number: ")
if not AC : AC = '503'
if not PN : PN = '000-0000'
i = string.find(PN, '-')
if len(PN) < 8 and i == -1 :
Ph = '(' + AC + ') ' + PN[:3] + '-' + PN[3:]
elif len(PN) >= 8 and i == -1 :
Ph = CC + " " + PN[:4] + '-' + PN[4:]
Ph = AC + PN
That seems to be working. Obviously, I don't have any errorchecking
yet. Functionality first.
Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.
Michael Powe Portland, Oregon USA
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