accessing a text file

Seth Rees seth at
Mon Sep 6 00:04:12 CEST 2010

On 09/05/10 16:47, Baba wrote:
> level: beginner
> how can i access the contents of a text file in Python?
> i would like to compare a string (word) with the content of a text
> file (word_list). i want to see if word is in word_list. let's assume
> the TXT file is stored in the same directory as the PY file.
> def is_valid_word(word, word_list)
> thanks
> Baba

   f = open('text.txt')
   data =
   # You may want to convert it to a list
   data = data.split()
   # Returns true if word is in data, false otherwise
   word in data

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