Posted By: Anonymous
I was wondering what the simplest way is to convert a string representation of a list like the following to a
x = '[ "A","B","C" , " D"]'
Even in cases where the user puts spaces in between the commas, and spaces inside of the quotes, I need to handle that as well and convert it to:
x = ["A", "B", "C", "D"]
I know I can strip spaces with
split() and check for non-letter characters. But the code was getting very kludgy. Is there a quick function that I’m not aware of?
>>> import ast >>> x = '[ "A","B","C" , " D"]' >>> x = ast.literal_eval(x) >>> x ['A', 'B', 'C', ' D'] >>> x = [n.strip() for n in x] >>> x ['A', 'B', 'C', 'D']
ast.literal_evalyou can safely evaluate an expression node or a string containing a Python literal or container display. The string or node provided may only consist of the following Python literal structures: strings, bytes, numbers, tuples, lists, dicts, booleans, and