Beginners question.

Player asif at
Tue Aug 31 19:23:23 CEST 2004

Hi all

 I am teaching myself python and so am following a few tutorials from 

In one of the tutorials an exercise is the following...

 As an exercise, write a loop that traverses the previous list and prints 
the length of each element.

Firstly I just wanted to see if I could get the length out of those elements 
that were list type.
I no thats not exactly what the exercise asks for, but I thought I would 
start there.
However I am stuck and cant figure out why my code is doing what it's doing.
My code is as follows....

mylist = [1, 2, ["three", "four"], "five"]
for item in mylist:
    if item == type(list):
        myitem = len(item)
        print myitem
         print item

All my code seems to do is print out each element of the list on a new line.
What I had expected it to do was this....

but it doesn't, what it does do is this...

['three', 'four']

I expected the line,
myitem = len(item)
 to issue the variable, myitem, with a value that was the length of item.
But as you cans ee it doesn't and simply ignores all that code and does the
    print item
part instead, misisng out the first half of the for loop.

Were am I going wrong ??

Thanks in advance for any help :)

M.B aka - Player -

The Imagination may be compared to Adam's dream-
he awoke and found it truth.
John Keats.

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