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Python Python Basics (Retired) Shopping List Shopping List

Aaron Williams
Aaron Williams
1,702 Points

How do I do this?

Not really sure.

Could you post your attempt so we can comment on it? Just asking for the answer won't really help you much.

4 Answers

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

The challenge for Shopping List contain 4 parts.

Challenge Task 1 of 4 -- Create a variable named full_name that holds your full name. Make another variable named name_list that holds your full name as a list, split on the spaces. Don't create name_list manually!

Step 1: Create a variable named full_name that holds your full name.

Variables are created when you first assign them a value. To assign a value to a variable place the name of the variable on the left-hand side of an equal sign ("=") and its new value on the right-hand side. Creating a variable called full_name that has the value of your full name, say, "Aaron Williams", would look like this:

full_name = "Aaron Williams"

Step 2: Make another variable named name_list that holds your full name as a list, split on the spaces.

From Step 1, you have your name as a string in the variable full_name. Strings have a built-in method for splitting into lists call split(). The default is to split on spaces. To call the split() method use the "dot" syntax to add the method to the end of the variable containing the string. Assign the results of this to a new variable as was done in Step 1:

name_list = full_name.split()

Challenge Task 2 of 4 -- Create a variable named greeting_list that's the string "Hi, I'm Treehouse" split on the spaces.

The newly created strings defined by quotes (") also have the same built-in method split(). As in Task 1, assign string to the new variable and append the split() method as below:

greeting_list = "Hi, I'm Treehouse".split()

Challenge Task 3 of 4 -- Almost done! Now, change "Treehouse" in greeting_list to the first item in your name_list variable.

"Treehouse" is the 3rd item in the greeting_list. Using 0-based indexing, this item can be referenced as greeting_list[2]. Your first name is the first item in your name_list. This can be referenced as name_list[0]. Replacing Treehouse with your first name can be like this:

greeting_list[2] = name_list[0]

Challenge Task 4 of 4 -- Great! Finally, make a variable named greeting where you join greeting_list back into a string, separated by spaces. You should end up with "Hi, I'm < your first name >" as the value of greeting.

Strings also have a join() method. The join() method uses a base string as a joiner between items in a list. To join the updated greeting_list into a string, use the join() method on a string containing a single space like this:

greeting = " ".join(greeting_list)
Diego Murray
Diego Murray
2,515 Points

chris freeman

Challenge 4, the last line, will not pass. I tried it out in the Console of my workspace and it worked great. By the way, I really like your in depth description, very helpful.

It says "Bummer! Your name_list's last item shouldn't be in your greeting variable"

full_name = "Diego Murray"
name_list = (full_name).split(" ")

greeting_list = "Hi, I'm {}".format(full_name).split()

greeting_list[2] = name_list[0]

greeting = " ".join(greeting_list)
Giuseppe Elia Brandi
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Giuseppe Elia Brandi
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 69,630 Points

Good Day Chris, Do you think that this code is also functional? (see third line)

full_name = "Giuseppe Elia"
name_list = full_name.split(" ")
greeting_list = "Hi, I'm {}".format(name_list[0]).split(" ")
greeting = " ".join(greeting_list)

EDIT: formatting

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

It's functional in the sense that you get the greeting_list result needed. However, this code bypasses two elements of the challenge. First is that the code don't actually have a string with the word treehouse in it. The second is that the code is not substituting your first name for treehouse, instead you're creating greeting_list directly.

The last line, simply undoes the split(). Removing the split() would eliminate the need to join()

Zachary Fine
Zachary Fine
10,110 Points

Its funny, I am a developer whose worked with JavaScript, Ruby, Java and PHP but the "".join(greeting_list) stumped me. I remember in the video he said it was weird but thought nothing of it but now I totally agree. its soooooooooo weird.