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Python Python Basics (2015) Python Data Types Use .split() and .join()

.split()

I think it's time for a snack. Luckily I have a string full of types of ice cream sundaes. Unluckily, they're all in one string and the string has semi-colons in it too. Use .split() to break the available string apart on the semi-colons (;). Assign this to a new variable sundaes.

available = "banana split;hot fudge;cherry;malted;black and white"

Hello, I'm having trouble with this coding problem. Please help. Thanks

5 Answers

Chris Freeman
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Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,989 Points

The first task can be solved using split() to split on semi-colons:

# Task 1 of 3

# I think it's time for a snack. Luckily I have a string full of types
# of ice cream sundaes. Unluckily, they're all in one string and the
# string has semi-colons in it too.

# Use '.split()' to break the available string apart on the semi-colons
# (;). Assign this to a new variable 'sundaes'.

available = "banana split;hot fudge;cherry;malted;black and white"

sundaes = available.split(';')

Chris Freeman : Why must we put the pair of parens around the semicolon?

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,989 Points

The parens in

available.split(';')

signify split() is a method of the str object available.

Similar to functions, a method also uses parens to enclose its arguments. In this case, the argument is the character marking where to split the string.

sundaes = available.split(';')

Thanks Chris. I knew it was simple. lol

sundaes=available.split(';') This is the answer Woow

I think there is a syntax error in line 1