Characters counting

Created by Julien Palard

Print the number of characters in the following paragraph:

Python is an easy to learn, powerful programming language. It has efficient high-level data structures and a simple but effective approach to object-oriented programming. Python’s elegant syntax and dynamic typing, together with its interpreted nature, make it an ideal language for scripting and rapid application development in many areas on most platforms.

I prefilled the answer box with the paragraph as a Python string, and assigned it the name whetting_your_appetite.


You'll need the len function, which can measure almost anything: lists, strings, …

If you feel lost, you should start by reading the string tutorial.

You don't have to edit line 1-5, write your code below the # Enter your code below: comment and don't forget to use the print function to print the result!

How do functions work

A function is a named thing, that take a value (or multiple ones), do something with it, and often give back another value.

A basic example would be the max function that take multiple values and give back the biggest one, the syntax is:

max(1, 5, 2)

and it would give back 5.

What's given back by a function can be used:

  • By naming the given value using a variable.
  • By passing the given value directly to another function.

Typically if you want to print the 5 from the previous example, you can either do:

biggest_one = max(1, 5, 2)


print(max(1, 5, 2))

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