Why " ".some_string is often used ?
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"Stéphane Ninin" <stefnin.nospam at yahoo.fr> wrote in message
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> Hi all,
> This is not the first time I see this way of coding in Python and
> I wonder why this is coded this way:
> Howto on PyXML
> shows it on this function, but I saw that in many other pieces of code:
> def normalize_whitespace(text):
> "Remove redundant whitespace from a string"
> return ' '.join(text.split())
> Is there a reason to do instead of just returning join(text.split()) ?
> why concatenate " " to the string and not just returning the string
This particular idiom replaces sequences of multiple whitespace
charaters with a single blank.
And I agree, it's not entirely obvious why it's a string
method rather than a list method, since it operates on
a list, not on a string. The only explanation that makes
sense is that, as a list method, it would fail if the list
contained something other than a string. That's still
not very friendly, though.
> Thanks in advance for your explanations.
> Stephane Ninin
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