How to check if any item from a list of strings is in a big string?
steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au
Fri Jul 17 10:06:22 CEST 2009
On Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:02:57 -0500, Pablo Torres N. wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 22:07, Steven
> D'Aprano<steven at remove.this.cybersource.com.au> wrote:
>> On Thu, 09 Jul 2009 18:36:05 -0700, inkhorn wrote:
>>> def list_items_in_string(list_items, string):
>>> for item in list_items:
>>> if item in string:
>>> return True
>>> return False
>>> Any ideas how to make that function look nicer? :)
>> Change the names. Reverse the order of the arguments. Add a docstring.
> Why reverse the order of the arguments? Is there a design principle
It's just a convention. Before strings had methods, you used the string
=> find target in source
This became source.find(target).
In your function:
"list_items" is equivalent to target, and "string" is equivalent to
source. It's conventional to write the source first.
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