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Dillon Shaw
Dillon Shaw
6,400 Points

Why does range() not work in workspaces?

I was trying to make a list using range() in the python shell, but it seems to interpret the entire function call as a string. So for example typing range(4, 10) directly into the shell gives back 'range(4, 10)'. Likewise assigning this to a variable creates a string with that value instead of a list of numbers 4 to 9. On my computer's terminal this does not happen - it works as it should and makes a list of the numbers.

2 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,644 Points

:point_right: A range is a special kind of thing. If you want to convert it into a list, do this:

list(range(4, 10))

And this little experiment proves that is is not a string:

>>> x = range(4,10)
>>> x
range(4, 10)
>>> list(x)
[4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
Dillon Shaw
Dillon Shaw
6,400 Points

Okay I see that now, but any idea why the python shell on my own computer immediately turns the result of range() into a list?