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Getting the First Match From a Python List or Iterable (Summary)

In this video course, you’ve learned how to find the first element in a list or any iterable in a variety of ways. You learned that the fastest and most basic way to match is by using the in operator, but you’ve seen that it’s limited for anything more complex. So you’ve examined the humble for loop, which will be the most readable and straightforward way. However, you’ve also looked at generators for that extra bit of performance and swagger.

Finally, you’ve looked at one possible implementation of a function that gets the first item from an iterable, whether that be the first truthy value or a value transformed by a function that matches on certain criteria.

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