Problem Euler 26

Andrew Mathenge mathenge at
Wed Jul 2 19:05:22 BST 2008

Habari Kinuthia,

Thanks for the code and the explanation. I will subscribe to the list
since I'm interested in learning Python and heard very very good
things about it.

This is actually the first time that I've heard about Euler so I'm
going to roll my sleeves and try the other problems. I'll use this as
an opportunity to learn Python.

By the way, thanks for posting the question. This is the most active
that I've seen this mailing list.


On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 12:37 PM, kinuthiA muchanE <muchanek at> wrote:
> Habari,
> Andrew, this is hideous, really trivial! Here we go:
> from decimal import Decimal,getcontext # import the module because it is
> not a standard module
> getcontext().prec = 1000 # set the precision to 1000 places
> a = Decimal("1") # the argument passed to the Decimal function has to be
> a string
> h=983 # the guess!
> b = Decimal(str(h)) # convert it  into a string
> abStr = str(a/b)[2:] # slice the string to remove "0."
> print abStr
> I am sure you will find far, far erudite codes in all languages in the
> thread for that question. Apparently, there is an known algorithm for
> solving this particular problem, but do I say. But it seems I was not
> alone in using bush logic in trying to solve the problem!!
> As you might already know, python is a dynamically typed language( some
> really pedantic types will also add strongly typed, because you cannot
> use an integer as a string without converting it first, something you
> can in a language like VB Script!!), you do not declare the data-types
> of variables (like in C and Java), just assign values to variables and
> off you go! You do not need even the $ sign to identify your variables
> like Perl or php. They say python is very user friendly and at the same
> time very powerful, and undoubtedly very readable.
> You can subscribe to the mailing list here:
> By the way, Andrew, Miano how many problems have you solved on Project
> Euler? I have solved a measly 33.
> Kinuthia...

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