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Python is indeed one of the smart and most trending languages. Here are some cool hacks that make python superb among all other languages. 

  • List comprehensions: List comprehension is the best and efficient technique to get rid of writing unnecessary lines of code. Read Article to know more. 
  • Printing a list: The list is not printed according to the user’s requirement. They are always printed in unwanted square brackets and single quotes. But there is a trivial solution to print the list efficiently by using the string’s join method. 
    The join method turns the list into a string by casting each item into a string and connecting them with the string that joins was called on


# Declaring the list geek 
geek = ['Geeks', 'Programming', 'Algorithm', 'Article'
# Directly printing the list 
print ("Simple List:", geek) 
# Printing the list by join method 
print ('List by using join method: %s' % ', ' .join(geek)) 
# Direct use of join method 
print ('Direct apply the join method:',(", " .join(geek)))

Simple List: ['Geeks', 'Programming', 'Algorithm', 'Article']
List by using join method: Geeks, Programming, Algorithm, Article
Direct apply the join method: Geeks, Programming, Algorithm, Article

Cool Zip tricks

  • Transpose a matrix: You can Read Here about this.
  • Partition a list into N groups: We used iter() as an iterator over a sequence. 


# Declaring the list geek
geek = ['Sun', 'Flowers', 'Peoples', 'Animals', 'Day', 'Night']
partition = list(zip (*[iter(geek)] * 2))
print (partition)

[('Sun', 'Flowers'), ('Peoples', 'Animals'), ('Day', 'Night')]

Explanation: [iter(geek)] * 2 produces a list containing 2 items of geek[] list, i.e. a list of length 2. *arg unpacks a sequence into arguments for a function call. Therefore we are passing the same iterator 2 times to zip(). 

  • Printing more than one list’s items simultaneously 


list1 = [1, 3, 5, 7]
list2 = [2, 4, 6, 8]
# Here zip() function takes two equal length list and merges them
# together in pairs
for a, b in zip(list1,list2):
    print (a, b)

1 2
3 4
5 6
7 8
  • Take the string as input and convert it into the list: 


# Reads a string from input and type case them to int 
# after splitting to white-spaces
formatted_list = list(map(int, input().split()))

2 4 5 6
[2, 4, 5, 6] 
  • Convert the list of list into a single list 


# import the itertools 
import itertools 
# Declaring the list geek 
geek = [[1, 2], [3, 4], [5, 6]] 
# chain.from_iterable() function returns the
# elements of nested list 
# and iterate from first list 
# of iterable till the last 
# end of the list 
lst = list(itertools.chain.from_iterable(geek)) 

[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
  • Printing the repeated characters: The task is to print the pattern like this Geeeeekkkkss. So we can easily print this pattern without using it for a loop. 


# + used for string concatenation 
# To repeat the character n times, just multiply n  
# with that character   
print ("G" + "e"*5 + "k"*4 + "s"*2)


Read More: 10 interesting facts about Python 

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Last Updated : 13 Sep, 2023
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