[Tutor] 'Name Genereator' Question

Daniel Yoo dyoo@hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu
Wed, 3 Jan 2001 20:22:14 -0800 (PST)

> The kicker (to me) is how to call "randint" for each character
> replacement target in "name".  The easy way would be to "while" loop for
> "'.' in name", etc., or I could create a function to do the replacement
> and call it each time, but I thought there would be a more
> straightforward answer.  (I'm probably missing something really, really
> simple here, right??)

Wait!  Yes, on a second thought, you _can_ do a map() on a string --- but
you need to first convert it to a list.  So you could write a
character-replacing function (let's call it replaceChar()), and then do

def replaceString(str):
    result = map(replaceChar, list(str))
    return string.join(result, "")

where replaceChar() looks like:

def replaceChar(ch):
    if ch == '.': return whrandom.choice(consonants)
    elif ch == ',': return whrandom.choice(vowels)
    else: return ch

And that would be a much nicer solution, I think.  Hope this helps!