[Tutor] more spliting strings
Mon, 21 Aug 2000 14:00:42 -0700 (PDT)
> >From the help I received from Remco, Amoreira and Denis, my little
> program searches a text file and gets rid of the lines with 'Total' in
> it and only reads the lines with a '$' in it.
> Now I have to split this file up, but the file doesn't have any comma
> or tab deliminators. It is a fixed length delimated file.
> I only want the first 6 characters and the last 13 characters. Then I
> want to add a date to the file in the first position.
Let's see what was causing the error:
> good_data = a + "," + line[:6] + "," + line[-13:]
This actually looks almost right --- you need to make sure that when
you're doing string concatenation that all of things you're adding up are
strings. Since 'a' is defined as:
a = ['08/18/00']
this explains that "TypeError" --- 'a' is not a string, but a
list. However, the first item in a, a, is a string.
good_data = a + "," + line[:6] + "," + line[-13:]
will work. It looks awkward to have a list with one item, unless you
really wanted that. If not, it's simplest just to say:
a = '08/18/00'
Also, the date is not Y2K compliant, so you might want
a = '08/18/2000'