Case-insensitive string compare?
maric at aristote.info
Fri Sep 5 00:38:03 CEST 2008
Le Friday 05 September 2008 00:14:37 Robert Dailey, vous avez écrit :
> I currently have a dictionary object that I'm doing the following with:
> if lib not in stage_map:
> # ... do stuff ...
> However, this will perform a case-sensitive comparison between lib and each
> key in stage_map. Is there a way to make this do a case-insensitive
> comparison instead? Yes, I realize I could do this:
> if lib not in [key.lower() for key in stage_map]
This is the normal python way to compare string without case, and the idiom is
not surprising. You''ll often see for loops written like this :
for i in (e for e in iterable if predicate(e)) :
> However, I don't want to do this because it'll quickly end up getting
> messy. I want this solution to be an absolute last resort. I'm not a pro
> with python, so I'm hoping there are cleaner alternatives out there.
If you fell hard to read you can break it on two lines :
lowered_keys = (key.lower() for key in stage_map)
if lib.lower() not in lowered_keys :
BTW, it's string manipulation, it's normal it takes more than one brain cycle
to achieve. Try the regexp solution and make your choice, more than often, I
keep the straightforward, "read as pseudo-code", python expression.
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