Simplest way of checking for string that contains a string in list?
I find myself repeatedly writing the same chunk of code:
def stringInList(str, list): retVal = False for item in list: if str in item: retVal = True return retVal
Is there any way I can write this function quicker/with less code? I usually use this in an if statement, like this:
if stringInList(str, list): print 'string was found!'
if any(s in item for item in L): print 'string was found!'
As the docs mention, this is pretty much equivalent to your function, but
any() can take generator expressions instead of just a string and a list, and
any() short-circuits. Once
s in item is True, the function breaks (you can simply do this with your function if you just change
retVal = True to
return True. Remember that functions break when it returns a value).
You should avoid naming strings
str and lists
list. That will override the built-in types.
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