Earlier you learned about functions and built-in functions. One of the built-in function is
print() function. In this article, you will learn about python built-in methods.
There are two types of methods in python. One that comes from python modules and built-in methods. The python module will have function definition which you can use after importing the module into the program.
For built-in methods, there is no need to import any module. The built-in methods are associated with python data types, because the data types themselves are objects.
For example, let us consider
isdigit() method. The
isdigit() method is part of
string type. Use the
.(dot) notation to access any method.
# declare a string myString = "13445" myString_2 = "Hello" # check if the strings contains any digits result = myString.isdigit() # print result print(result) result = myString_2.isdigit() # print result print(result)
isdigit() method checks the string object and look for any non-digit character. If it finds one, then returns
False.If the each character is a digit, then, it will return
True. The output of the above program is given below.
Consider another method associated with
# create a list myDrink = ["tea","coffee","milk"] # append the list myDrink.append("juice") # print the updated list print(myDrink)
In the above example, we have created a new list of beverages. We are using
.append method to update the list. Therefore, different types of data types have different types of methods. Some return an integer, Boolean value, and some update the values.
Functions vs. Methods
As we mentioned earlier, that the function is declared above the of program and called to do some tasks. The method is function that is associated to a data type.
For method, you need to use the
dot(.) notation to access it.
Can we replace the built-in method with a function ?
The answer is Yes.
Let us consider another example where we replace the
isdigit() method with
import string def isDigit(myStr): for character in myStr: if not character in string.digits: return False return True myStr = "32455" print(isDigit(myStr)) print(myStr.isdigit())
In the above program, both
isdigit() are same.
Only difference is that the
isDigit() needs argument string, and
isdigit() is from the string class where argument comes from the
object of that string class.