I'm looking for a way to get the first letter of of a string. I already know about the .startswith() but that is for "if" statements I want something like

print text.startswith() # to give me the left most symbol

Strings are indexable. text[0] is the first symbol.

>>> d="hello"
>>> d[0]
'h'
>>>

from idle.

You can also do string slicing:

s = 'hello'
print(s[:1])  # h

# more
print(s[:2])  # he
print(s[:4])  # hell

i agree with the splicing which i've found helpful.

While we're obfuscating

import re
string = "hello world"
first = re.match("(.)", string).group(1)
print(first)

i agree with the splicing which i've found helpful.

"splicing" is that a secret python slicing method,just kidding :icon_wink:
"splicing" in action.

>>> s = 'hello'
>>> s[::-1][-1]
'h'
>>>