In programming, a for each loop executes a set of instructions for each item in a given collection.
A for each loop to add a list of destinations to a tourism application may look like this:
FOR EACH destination in the list: Add destination to app
In programming, a for loop executes a set of instructions for a specified number of times.
A for loop to add landmarks to a map may look like this:
UNTIL 20 landmarks have been added to the map: Add landmark to map
In programming, a while loop executes a block of code as long as a given condition evaluates to true.
A while loop to make sandwhichs as long as there is bread left may look like this:
WHILE there is bread left: Make a sandwich
In a loop, the
break keyword escapes the loop, regardless of the iteration number. Once
break executes, the program will continue to execute after the loop.
In this example, the output would be:
Negative number detected!
numbers = [0, 254, 2, -1, 3]for num in numbers:if (num < 0):print("Negative number detected!")breakprint(num)# 0# 254# 2# Negative number detected!
Python list comprehensions provide a concise way for creating lists. It consists of brackets containing an expression followed by a for clause, then zero or more for or if clauses:
[EXPRESSION for ITEM in LIST <if CONDITIONAL>].
The expressions can be anything - any kind of object can go into a list.
A list comprehension always returns a list.
# List comprehension for the squares of all even numbers between 0 and 9result = [x**2 for x in range(10) if x % 2 == 0]print(result)# [0, 4, 16, 36, 64]
for loop can be used to iterate over a list of items and perform a set of actions on each item. The syntax of a
for loop consists of assigning a temporary value to a variable on each successive iteration.
When writing a
for loop, remember to properly indent each action, otherwise an
IndentationError will result.
for <temporary variable> in <list variable>:<action statement><action statement>#each num in nums will be printed belownums = [1,2,3,4,5]for num in nums:print(num)
In Python, the
continue keyword is used inside a loop to skip the remaining code inside the loop code block and begin the next loop iteration.
big_number_list = [1, 2, -1, 4, -5, 5, 2, -9]# Print only positive numbers:for i in big_number_list:if i < 0:continueprint(i)
In Python, a
for loop can be used to perform an action a specific number of times in a row.
range() function can be used to create a list that can be used to specify the number of iterations in a
# Print the numbers 0, 1, 2:for i in range(3):print(i)# Print "WARNING" 3 times:for i in range(3):print("WARNING")
An infinite loop is a loop that never terminates. Infinite loops result when the conditions of the loop prevent it from terminating. This could be due to a typo in the conditional statement within the loop or incorrect logic. To interrupt a Python program that is running forever, press the
C keys together on your keyboard.
In Python, a
while loop will repeatedly execute a code block as long as a condition evaluates to
The condition of a
while loop is always checked first before the block of code runs. If the condition is not met initially, then the code block will never run.
# This loop will only run 1 timehungry = Truewhile hungry:print("Time to eat!")hungry = False# This loop will run 5 timesi = 1while i < 6:print(i)i = i + 1
In Python, loops can be nested inside other loops. Nested loops can be used to access items of lists which are inside other lists. The item selected from the outer loop can be used as the list for the inner loop to iterate over.
groups = [["Jobs", "Gates"], ["Newton", "Euclid"], ["Einstein", "Feynman"]]# This outer loop will iterate over each list in the groups listfor group in groups:# This inner loop will go through each name in each listfor name in group:print(name)