read string in bits

ts thaisiang at
Wed Jan 14 08:44:07 CET 2009

On Jan 14, 3:32 pm, Chris Rebert <c... at> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 11:21 PM, ts <thaisi... at> wrote:
> > hi, is there a way to read a character/string into bits in python?
> > i understand that character is read in bytes. Do i have to write a
> > function to convert it myself into 1010101 or there is a library in
> > python that enable me to do that?
> It's not quite clear to me what you mean, but here are 2 guesses:
> - If you want to convert an ASCII character to its ASCII integer
> value, use ord()
> - If you want to convert an integer into a string of its base-2
> representation, use bin() [requires Python 2.6, I think]
> Cheers,
> Chris
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hi, bin() is what i'm looking for. But only python 2.4 is available to
me. Is there a replacement of bin() in python 2.4?

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