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Python lists are used extensively in projects, as a result it is important to understand their structure.
Some of the things they can be used for:
- Lookup values for comparisons.
- Passing data to them to store to be referenced elsewhere.
- As part of a loop, store values that have been found through the loop logic.
With methods are associated with lists?
- Append – Add values to the end of the list
- Extend – adds values from an iterable object to the end of the list.
- Insert – You can insert an item to a certain position in a list.
- Remove – Remove the first value in a list that has a value that was asked to be looked for.
- Pop – This also removes a value at a certain position and returns, consequently if no position is specified then it removes the last item and returns it.
- Clear – Removes all items from the list.
- Index – returns the index value of the first item found that was asked to be searched for.
- Count – returns the number of times an item that was searched or was found in a list.
- Sort – Sorts the items in the list.
- Reverse – This reverses the items in the list.
- Copy – This makes a copy of the list.
What are the properties of a list?
The data type has the following attributes, that make it really useful for a vast array of scenarios:
- They are ordered – Whatever order the list is a unique characteristic of the list, furthermore changing the order makes it a different list.
- You can use their index to access the value.
- They are mutable, meaning you can apply any of the above methods on them.
- They can contain strings, integers etc, accordingly, there is no restriction on what can be in the list.
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