Converting a string to an array?

Ron Griswold RGriswold at
Thu Jan 12 18:00:36 EST 2006

Does this do what you are looking for?

>>> s = 'abcdefg';
>>> a = [];
>>> a += s;
>>> a;
['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f', 'g']

Ron Griswold
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-----Original Message-----
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Of Tim Chase
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:20 PM
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Subject: Converting a string to an array?

While working on a Jumble-esque program, I was trying to get a 
string into a character array.  Unfortunately, it seems to choke 
on the following

	import random
	s = "abcefg"


   File "/usr/lib/python2.3/", line 250, in shuffle
     x[i], x[j] = x[j], x[i]
   TypeError: object doesn't support item assignment

The closest hack I could come up with was

	import random
	s = "abcdefg"
	a = []
	s = "".join(a)

This lacks the beauty of most python code, and clearly feels like 
there's somethign I'm missing.  Is there some method or function 
I've overlooked that would convert a string to an array with less 
song-and-dance?  Thanks,



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