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#4998735 Python 3.3.0 sort() method not working?

Posted by on 07 November 2012 - 10:17 PM

Hey guys I'm new here and I'm practically brand new to programming. I knew how to do a (very small) handful of things in actionscript like 7-8 years ago but I'm just now finally getting back into programming. After browsing theses forums and others I decided that Python was the best for me to start with. Since this was the most helpful forum in that decision, I ended up signing yesterday. And today I finally have a problem that I could use some help with.

I'm following the inventwithpython.com book and got stuck on chapter 11:

A bit past halfway in the "The sort() list method" section it says to try typing the following into the shell:

>>> spam = [5, 'bat', 3, 1, 4, 'cat', 2, 'ape']
>>> spam.sort()
>>> spam
[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 'ape', 'bat', 'cat']

I fully understand what the sort() method does, but it is giving me this error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<pyshell#35>", line 1, in <module>
TypeError: unorderable types: str() < int()

This happens right after I enter spam.sort()

I've tried Googling this and using the search function on forums but I can't find anything.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

EDIT: Now that I'm running the Bagels game I can see that the sort() method isn't working in that either. But it's not giving me any errors when running or playing the game.