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Python Python Collections (Retired) Dictionaries String Formatting with Dictionaries

problem with dicts! can't understand what to do

I can't understand what to do! anyone please explain it to me.

this is the question-->

Create a function named string_factory that accepts a list of dictionaries and a string. Return a new list build by using .format() on the string, filled in by each of the dictionaries in the list.

strings.py
dicts = [
    {'name': 'Michelangelo',
     'food': 'PIZZA'},
    {'name': 'Garfield',
     'food': 'lasanga'},
    {'name': 'Walter',
     'food': 'pancakes'},
    {'name': 'Galactus',
     'food': 'worlds'}
]

string = "Hi, I'm {name} and I love to eat {food}!"

def string_factory(ditcs,strings):
    the_answer = strings.format(**ditcs)

    return the_answer
Leen Leenaerts
Leen Leenaerts
Courses Plus Student 2,367 Points

you can't format that string with a list, but only with a dictionary dicts is a LIST of dictionaries so you have to build a new_list = [] then make a for loop to get the answer like you do for i in ditcs: replace **ditcs with **i you have in your code and add it to new_list (e.g. with append)

2 Answers

Chris Freeman
MOD
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,227 Points

You are headed in the correct direction. The parameter ditcs receives a list of dictionaries. .

You need loop through the dict list to build up the_answer as a list of all the formatted strings.

For each dict in ditcs you can use **dict to populate the string.

Post back if you need more help.

Leen Leenaerts
PLUS
Leen Leenaerts
Courses Plus Student 2,367 Points

you can't format that string with a list, but only with a dictionary dicts is a LIST of dictionaries so you have to build a new_list = [] then make a for loop to get the answer like you do for i in ditcs: replace **ditcs with **i you have in your code and add it to new_list (e.g. with append)