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Write your own len() in Python

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  • Last Updated : 01 Feb, 2018
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The method len() returns the number of elements in the list or length of the string depending upon the argument you are passing.

How to implement without using len():

1. Take input and pass the string/list into
   a function which return its length.
2. Initialize a count variable to 0, this count 
   variable count character in the string.
3. Run a loop till length if the string and increment 
   count by 1.
4. When loop is completed return count.

Python implementation:

# Function which return length of string
def findLength(string):
    # Initialize count to zero
    count = 0
    # Counting character in a string
    for i in string:
        count+= 1
    # Returning count
    return count
# Driver code
string = "geeksforgeeks"



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