I am up early looking at some
boto3 examples and stumbled across the
extend method on the Python List object. Previously I had only used the
append method. Also this behavior changed slightly from version 2.X to 3.7, so perhaps that's where my confusion stemmed. (Check out the version differences in the Python docs link below.)
When working with lists in Python 3.7, it's pretty common to want to add more elements into that list. A common way to do this is would be to use the append method. This may not actually produce the structure you intend and using the extend method may be more intuitive.
Let's say you have two lists and use the append method:
a = [1,2,3] b = ['z', 'y', 'x'] a.append(b) print(a) # [1,2,3,['z', 'y', 'x']]
The entire list b is appended to list a.
Let's use the extend method:
a = [1,2,3] b = ['z', 'y', 'x'] a.extend(b) print(a) # [1,2,3,'x','y','z']
This adds each element of the iterable list b to the end of list a.
Apparently it is also shorthand for an assignment of slices, which is kinda cool too.