# Coding Bat: Python. String-1

All solutions were successfully tested on 15 April 2013.

hello_name:

```def hello_name(name):
return "Hello " + name + "!"
```

make_abba:

```def make_abba(a, b):
return a + b + b + a
```

make_tags:

```def make_tags(tag, word):
return "<" + tag + ">" + word + "</" + tag + ">"
```

make_out_word:

```def make_out_word(out, word):
return out[:2] + word + out[2:]
```

extra_end:

```def extra_end(str):
return str[-2:] * 3
```

The asterisk is overloaded in Python, as you see in this example. An alternative solution would be to concatenate with “+”, as you’ve seen it before.

first_two:

```def first_two(str):
if len(str) <= 2:
return str
return str[:2]
```

first_half:

```def first_half(str):
return str[:len(str)/2]
```

without_end:

```def without_end(str):
return str[1:-1]
```

combo_string:

```def combo_string(a, b):
if len(a) > len(b):
return b + a + b
return a + b + a
```

non_start:

```def non_start(a, b):
return a[1:] + b[1:]
```

left2:

```def left2(str):
return str[2:] + str[:2]
```