Now that we used an iterator’s
__iter__() method to create an iterator object, how does our
for loop know which value to retrieve on each iteration?
Well, the iterator object has a method called
__next__(), which retrieves the iterator’s next value. Let’s take a look using our SKU iterable for our shop:
sku_list = [7046538, 8289407, 9056375, 2308597] sku_iterator = iter(sku_list) next_sku = sku_iterator.__next__() print(next_sku)
Running this code would produce the following result for
iter(), there is a Python built-in function called
next() that we can use in place of calling the
__next__() method. Calling
next() simply calls the iterator object’s
__next__() method. Here is the same script but using
sku_list = [7046538, 8289407, 9056375, 2308597] sku_iterator = iter(sku_list) next_sku = next(sku_iterator) print(next_sku)
Running this code is exactly the same as running the code above using the
__next__() method and produces the same
But how does the iterator object know when to stop retrieving values? Does it keep calling
__next__() forever? Well, luckily
__next__() method will raise an exception called
StopIteration when all items have been iterated through.
If we call
__next__() a total of 5 times, one more than the total number of SKUs in our list, we will see the
StopIteration exception raise on the last
sku_list = [7046538, 8289407, 9056375, 2308597] sku_iterator = iter(sku_list) for i in range(5): next_sku = sku_iterator.__next__() print(next_sku)
Running this code will produce the following output:
7046538 8289407 9056375 2308597
Traceback (most recent call last): File "main.py", line 24, in <module> next_sku = sku_iterator.__next__() StopIteration
In summary, we can finally see why we needed to create the iterator object in the previous exercise. Creating it, allows us to utilize
__next__ to work with the stream of data one piece at a time.
Now, let’s practice getting the hang of retrieving individual iterator object values!
Using our dog food dictionary called
dog_foods, create a variable called
dog_food_iterator that stores the value of calling
iter() on our iterable
Retrieve the first value of the
dog_food_iterator using the built-in function
next() and set it to a variable called
next_dog_food1 to see the result.
Retrieve the next two values of the
dog_food_iterator using the
__next__() method and set them to the variables
Print both variables to see the results!
Uncomment the following line:
This will call
next() on the
dog_food_iterator object one more time. What should we expect to see in the output? Run the code to find out!