silly idea - interesting problem

Magnus Lie Hetland mlh at
Sun Oct 21 06:23:22 CEST 2001

"scott" <smarsh at> wrote in message
news:3BD248BA.2163BBDB at
> Stefan Antoni wrote:
> >
> > i got a silly idea about a small script which takes to strings (lets say
> > "test" and "dust") and mixes them to "tdeusstt".
> > i tried to code it because i thought it would be easy, but now i cannot
> > find out _how_ to do it ;)
> >
> > i tried to "list()" the string and mix the items. but ...
> >
> > Anybody has a hint or even a solution?
> >
> Here's a back to basics solution:
> firstWord = 'test'
> secondWord = 'dust'
> i = 0
> while i < len(firstWord):
>     print firstWord[i], secondWord[i],
>     i = i+1

This will give spaces between every word...

How about a less readable version which actually works <wink>:

   print ''.join([x+y for (x,y) in zip('test', 'dust')])

> P.S.: Remember when Python used to differentiate itself from line noise
> (sorry, I meant Perl) with a philosophy that went something like
> "There's only one right way to do it."?

Yes... Those were the days <wink>

A version with spacing (like yours) which is a bit more readable (than
my previous one) would be:

    for firstLetter, secondLetter in zip(firstWord, secondWord):
        print firstLetter, secondLetter,

One without the spaces could be:

    result = ''
    for a, b in zip('test', 'dust'):
        result += a+b
    print result

Yeah... I think I like that one. (Although using a list and then doing
a join on that would probably be more efficient...)

                                                    Magnus Lie Hetland

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