Slicing is one of the most popular Python features. Thus, understanding slicing is key to understand existing code bases. In this tutorial, I’m going to train your slicing skills. Ready? So, let’s go! ?
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Read About Slicing
Slicing is a Python-specific concept for accessing a range of values in sequence types such as lists or strings.
The idea of slicing is simple. Use the bracket notation to access a sequence of elements instead of only a single element. You do this via the colon notation of
[start:end]. This notation defines the start index (included) and the end index (excluded).
Solve the Slicing Code Puzzle
word = "galaxy" print(len(word[1:]))
What is the output of this code snippet?
len() function is a handy tool to get the length of built-in Python data types such as strings, lists, dictionaries, or tuples. Learn it once and you will have an easier life in all future coding projects.
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