Opposite of split

Alex van der Spek zdoor at xs4all.nl
Mon Aug 16 18:26:46 CEST 2010

Thanks much,

Nope, no homework. This was a serious question from a serious but perhaps 
simple physicist who grew up with Algol, FORTRAN and Pascal, taught himself 
VB(A) and is looking for a replacement of VB and finding that in Python. You 
can guess my age now.

Most of my work I do in R nowadays but R is not flexible enough for some 
file manipulation operations. I use the book by Lutz ("Learning Python"). 
The join method for strings is in there. I did not have the book at hand and 
I was jetlagged too. I do apologize for asking a simple question.

I had no idea that some would go to the extent of giving trick solutions for 
simple, supposedly homework questions. Bear in mind Python is a very feature 
rich language. You cannot expect all newbies to remember everything.

By the way, I had a working program that did what I wanted using still 
simpler string concatenation. Replaced that now by tab.join([lines[i][k][2] 
for i in range(5)]), k being a loop counter. Judge for yourself. That is the 
level I am at after 6 weeks of doing excercises from my programming book on 
Pascal in Python.
Thanks for the help. I do hope there is no entry level for using this group. 
If there is, I won't meet it for a while.
Alex van der Spek

"D'Arcy J.M. Cain" <darcy at druid.net> wrote in message 
news:mailman.2159.1281917130.1673.python-list at python.org...
> On 15 Aug 2010 23:33:10 GMT
> Steven D'Aprano <steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au> wrote:
>> Under what possible circumstances would you prefer this code to the 
>> built-
>> in str.join method?
> I assumed that it was a trap for someone asking for us to do his
> homework.  I also thought that it was a waste of time because I knew
> that twenty people would jump in with the correct answer because of
> "finally, one that I can answer" syndrome.
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> http://www.druid.net/darcy/                |  and a sheep voting on
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