What is the Asterisk / Star Operator (*) in Python?

Asterisk Operator

Many Python coders—even at intermediate skill levels—are often puzzled when it comes to the asterisk character in Python. What does it mean? How does it work? What’s it purpose? This article answers all of those questions and more. After studying this article, you will have a solid understanding of the asterisk operator * in Python—and … Read more

Python One Line X

This is a running document in which I’ll answer all questions regarding the single line of Python code. If you want to become a one-liner wizard, check out my book “Python One-Liners”! 🙂 This document contains many interactive code shells and videos to help you with your understanding. However, it’s pretty slow because of all … Read more

The Most Pythonic Way to Compare Two Lists in Python

Problem: Given are two lists l1 and l2. You want to perform either of the following: 1. Boolean Comparison: Compare the lists element-wise and return True if your comparison metric returns True for all pairs of elements, and otherwise False. 2. Difference: Find the difference of elements in the first list but not in the … Read more

The Most Pythonic Way to Check If a List Contains an Element

The standard way of checking if an element exists in a list is to use the in keyword. For example, ‘Alice’ in [1, ‘Alice’, 3] will return True while the same returns False for ‘Bob’. If you need to check more complicated conditions, use the any(condition(x) for x in list) function with a generator expression. … Read more