problem with function

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Fri Mar 22 00:20:49 CET 2013

On 3/21/2013 2:31 PM, leonardo selmi wrote:

> i wrote the following code:
> def find(word, letter):
>      index = 0
>      while index < len(word):
>          if word[index] == letter:
>              return index
>          index = index + 1
>      return -1

Since this is a learning exercise, consider the following.

def find(word, letter):
     for index, let in enumerate(word):
         if let  == letter:
             return index
     return -1

for w, l, n in (('abc', 'a', 0), ('abc', 'c', 2), ('abc', 'd', -1)):
     assert find(w, l)  == n
print("no news is good news")

I copied the code, wrote the test, ran it, and it passed. I then 
re-wrote until syntax errors were gone and the new version passed. For 
loops are specialized, easier-to-write version of while loops that scan 
the items of a collection (iterable). Learn them and use them well. 
Learn to write automated tests as soon as possible.

Terry Jan Reedy

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