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Homework Help: What is wrong with my code?

  1. Nov 3, 2016 #1
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    I am suppose to write a code that print put the url of a link given below. The url is defined to start where the first " appears and end where the last " url appears starting from the start_link. Its actually the last project from te lecture 1 in Udacity and the forst code of mine.. but its wring haha
    Here it goes:
    # Write Python code that assigns to the
    # variable url a string that is the value
    # of the first URL that appears in a link
    # tag in the string page.
    # Your code should print http://udacity.com
    # Make sure that if page were changed to

    # page = '<a href="http://udacity.com">Hello world</a>'

    # that your code still assigns the same value to the variable 'url',
    # and therefore still prints the same thing.

    # page = contents of a web page
    page =('<div id="top_bin"><div id="top_content" class="width960">'
    '<div class="udacity float-left"><a href="http://udacity.com">')

    start_link = page.find('<a href=')
    num_ofstart=new_page.find(' " ')
    num_ofend=new_page1.find(' " ')
    It prints out only "http://ud [Broken]
    Whats wrong?
    Last edited by a moderator: May 8, 2017
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  3. Nov 3, 2016 #2


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    In between these two lines add code to print out the values of new_page, num_ofstart, and num_ofend to make sure that you and your code are operating in sync.
  4. Nov 3, 2016 #3


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    In addition to what @NascentOxygen said, you have a problem with these two lines of code:
    Code (Python):
    num_ofstart=new_page.find(' " ')
    num_ofend=new_page1.find(' " ')
    In each case, the character you should be searching for is ". What you are actually doing is searching for <space>"<space>. In other words, in the argument to the find() function, you have extra space characters before and after the double-quote. The string you're searching in doesn't contain a substring of <space>"<space>, so both calls to find() are returning -1.

    One more thing - when you post code, especially Python code, surround your code with code tags.
    What I did above looks like this:
    num_ofstart=new_page.find(' " ')
    num_ofend=new_page1.find(' " ')[/code]
  5. Nov 3, 2016 #4


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