[Tutor] Newb ?

Orri Ganel singingxduck at gmail.com
Thu Nov 17 21:53:42 CET 2005

Christian Wyglendowski wrote:

>Liam said:
>>How about -
>>print "\n\nWelcome to the Backwards Message Display."
>>message = raw_input("\nPlease Enter a Message.")
>>msgAsList = [ char for char in message]
>You could also do:
>msgAsList = list(message)
>list() takes any iterable and returns a list object.
>>reversedMessage = ''.join(msgAsList)
>In Python 2.4, the following is also possible:
>reversedMessage = ''.join(reversed(list(message)))
>It's amazing how in Python even one-liners can be so pretty :-)
>Tutor maillist  -  Tutor at python.org
Or you could just do the following:

>>> print "\n\nWelcome to the Backwards Message Display."
>>> print
>>> message = raw_input("\nPlease Enter a Message.")
>>> print message[::-1]

This is the equivalent of print ''.join(reversed(message)), since 
reversed works on any iterable sequence, including strings.  In any 
case, the syntax for this sort of thing in general is: 
sequence[start:stop:step], with start defaulting to 0, step defaulting 
to sys.maxint (which, for all intents and purposes, means the end of the 
string), and step defaulting to 1.  However, when step is negative, 
start and end switch defaults.  So by doing [::-1], you're telling 
Python to return the values of the sequence that can be found from the 
end to the start  Another way to do this would be:

 >>> import sys
 >>> for i in range(len(sequence)-1,-1,-1):
       sys.stdout.write(sequence[i]) # to remove spaces between elements,
                                     # which would be produced by the more
                                     # intuitive "print sequence[i]," 

So, the first time around, i is len(sequence)-1, or the last element, 
because that's the start value.
Next, it's len(sequence)-2, or the second to last element, because the 
step is -1.
etc . . .
Until the last round when i is 0, after which step is added to i and 
i==-1, so the loop is not re-entered.


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