Returning a string from a boolean
bokr at oz.net
Tue Aug 12 17:37:11 CEST 2003
On Tue, 12 Aug 2003 12:26:07 +0000 (UTC), Duncan Booth <duncan at NOSPAMrcp.co.uk> wrote:
>Dan Rawson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
>news:bhalml$1012pe$1 at ID-122008.news.uni-berlin.de:
>> In Perl I can do this with the ternary 'if'
>> (bVar) ? 'True' : 'False'
>> Is there a simpler way in Python??
>> If it makes a difference, I'm using 2.2.2 (on Solaris) with no chance
>> of going to 2.3 in the near future <g>; I know that some of this has
>> changed in 2.3.
>Python 2.2 and earlier, the shortest way is:
> return bVar and 'True' or 'False'
> return ('True','False')[not bVar]
>Both of the above will test the truth value of bVar, so for example an
>empty string or empty list will return False. Personally, I would go for
>your original function as combining clarity with reasonable but not
>In Python 2.3, str(bVar) will give you 'True' or 'False' as appropriate,
>but only if bVar is a bool.
which you can ensure by str(bool(anyvar)) ;-)
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