Working with Lists
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To sort a list’s items, you can use the following block:
Note that you can use this block for lists with text items as well. The first letter of each item will be used for comparison. For example, the word “Abby” is treated as smaller than the word “Bob”, since the letter “A” comes before “B” in the alphabet.
When 2 items have the same first letter, then the second letter is used. For example, “Bob” is treated as smaller than “Brain”, since they both start with “B”, and “o” comes before “r” in the alphabet.
Note that the upper case or lower case of the letters will be treated as the same.
You can assign a random position to each item in the list by “reshuffling” the list, similar to how we reshuffle a deck of cards.
For another example, suppose you need to print out the name of every student in the cla*s, but you want to make it random so no one can guess who will be next. You just need to reshuffle the list of names.
You can reverse a list using the “reverse” block. The first item will become the last, and the second item will become the second last, etc. If you reverse a list 2 times, you should get exactly the same list.
You can join all items in a list together into one long string, and you can specify a separator that will be placed between these items.
The opposite of “joining” is splitting. You can split a long string into individual items, and you can specify which separator to use.
You can append a list to another list, which means adding all the items from a list to the bottom of another list. For example, when you append “numbers2” to “numbers”, the list “numbers2” won’t change, but its 3 items will be appended to the bottom of “numbers”.
You can also copy from one list to another list. The original items of the target list will be removed first, so after this operation, both lists have the same items:
The “pick random” block in the “Operators” category will produce a random number within a random. If you want to generate a list of random numbers, you can use the following block.
Note that if you allow repetition, then the same number may be used more than once. If you do not allow repetition, then a number will not be used if is already in the list.
You can go through a list and check every item in the list.
First, you can use the “for each item in list” block, which assigns the variable with the value of each item in the list:
You can also use an index variable to visit every item in the list. The index variable will go from 1 up until it is equal to the length of the list. You can use this variable to read from the list inside this loop: