Python Print List Without First and Last Elements

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To print a list without its first and last elements, you can pass the result of slicing my_list[1:-1] into the print() function. This slices from the second element (included) to the last element (excluded) with negative index -1 that reads like “the first sequence element from the right”.

Note that the stop index in the slicing notation [start:stop] is not included in the output of the slicing operation.

Here’s a simple example that prints the list without the first element 'Alice' and without the last element 'Dave' using slicing:

lst = ['Alice', 'Bob', 'Carl', 'Dave']
# ['Bob', 'Carl']

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I strongly believe this slicing approach print(my_list[1:-1]) is the most Pythonic, most concise, and most efficient way to solve this problem so I won’t provide any additional methods that would only be inferior.

On other websites, I have seen approaches like removing the first and last elements from the list using pop() and printing the list afterward. But this is not a great way to solve the problem because it has side effects. Also, it’s less efficient.

Another approach would be to use explicit slicing with my_list[1:len(my_list)-1] but look at the unreadable code and tell me this is better!

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