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Python Python Basics Functions and Looping Raise an Exception

Where am I going wrong?

def suggest(product_idea):
    if product_idea >= str(3):
        raise ValueError("Product idea needs 3 or more characters")
        return product_idea + "inator"

2 Answers

Asher Orr
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Asher Orr
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Hi Raul!

The problem is this line of code:

    if product_idea >= str(3):

The challenge asks to raise a ValueError if product_idea (a string) is less than 3 characters long.

To find out how many characters are in a string, use the len function. Here's an example:

name = "Asher"
return len(name)

If I ran this code, it would return 5- since there are 5 letters/characters in my name.

Back to your code:

    if product_idea >= str(3):
    #try an if statement that says "if the length of product_idea is less than 3"

Also, you should remove the equals (=) operand. Let me explain why:

name = "Raul"
if len(name) >= 4:
    Raise ValueError
#this says if the length of name is greater than or equal to 4, raise a ValueError.

name = "Raul"
if len(name) > 4:
    Raise ValueError
#this says if the length of name is greater than 4, raise a ValueError.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you need more help!

It worked like a charm, thank you!