How to fill in a dictionary with key and value from a string?

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at
Sun Apr 1 23:13:04 EDT 2018

On Sun, 01 Apr 2018 22:24:31 -0400, C W wrote:

> Thank you Steven. I am frustrated that I can't enumerate a dictionary by
> position index.

Why do you care about position index?

> Maybe I want to shift by 2 positions, 5 positions...

Sounds like you are trying to program the Caesar Shift cipher, am I right?

You probably should be manipulating *strings*, not dicts. Do these 
examples help?

py> import string
py> letters = string.ascii_lowercase
py> letters
py> letters[1:] + letters[:1]
py> letters[5:] + letters[:5]
py> letters[23:] + letters[:23]

Slice your strings into the order that you want, then put them in a dict 
for fast lookups by character.

> I want to know/learn how to manipulate dictionary with loop and by its
> position location.

Dict entries don't have a position location except by accident, or in 
sufficiently new versions of Python, by insertion order.

If you want to process dict entries in a specific order, operate on the 
dict in whichever order you want:

ordered_keys = 'azbycxdwevfugthsirjqkplomn'
for k in ordered_keys:

In Python 3.7, dicts will keep their insertion order, so long as you 
don't delete any keys. 


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