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Name: [002] Ian Ozsvald
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in series: Python Beginners - Common Variables and Containers

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Lists are a container type. Unlike in some languages you don't need to pre-declare them (this is true for all datatypes in Python) and you can manipulate them (e.g. changing their size) on the fly. Lists can hold multiple copies of the same item, they can hold different datatypes at the same time and they can be sorted very efficiently.

I show you how to build up a list, sort it, reverse it and index into it. I also show you how to build sub-lists and how to iterate over the items in the list. List comprehensions are a more advanced topic, I give you an example so you'll know what they look like.


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Like the List comprehension features. Very cool. Thanks!

Especially liked the part about compressing for loops etc in lists. Thanks!

very good intro. to lists.

Hello Ian,

I am a beginner with python and really enjoy your videos. My main system at home is ubuntu and I would like to know if could make some videos about using the IDLE to create gui applications from zero to finish. Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward for the next series fo videos with gui and database exercises.

Thank you



Stamford, CT

Again, useful stuff. I have been dabbling at programming for a long time... I wrote my first "Hello World" type program in Dartmouth Basic in 1970. But most of my experience is very "old school" procedural stuff... FORTRAN, PL/1, Pascal. I am trying to figure out how more modern languages work. Hence my interest in Python. I am finding that these new languages have a lot more "built-in" than the old languages. In FORTRAN if you wanted to sort something, you had to do it yourself or get some sort of subroutine library.

Continuing to learn a great deal thanks to your series thanks for all your hard work.

9. anonymous Mon, 09 Mar 2009 22:25

Dies ist ein großer Ort. Ich möchte hier noch einmal.

Thanks Ian, I have discovered lists are the solution to many of the problems I have encountered when manipulating strings.

Your explanations were very helpful and informative yet kept simple.

Many thanks.

For some reason, the clip kept stopping at 59%. I had to download it and play it locally to see the end.

How can we access element inside the sublist? Is there a `.` operator like in C?

Also a real world implementation demonstrating the usage of lists will really help

Apologies for missing file, this is fixed. The rest of the series is unaffected.


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