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For on a List [ID:797] (2/7)

in series: Python Beginners - Loops and Iteration

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The 'for' command lets us iterate over a sequence of items, commonly we use it to iterate over the items in a list. This is exactly the use-case I show you here.

We'll also look at using 'break' and 'continue', along with the less-usual 'else' statement (normally you only see 'else' on 'if' statements).

Note that there is an AUDIO TYPO in this episode - I mention 'comment out' when I should be saying 'uncomment' - the mistake is obvious and won't confuse you.


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Good quick basics with clear examples.


I tried creating a .txt file and opening it in the same manner (using IDLE python shell) and I couldn't get it to work. Could you elaborate what I need to to do the file so that it opens? Or any extra code that may be required to open a file?

Useful example.

I think it should be mentioned that the result of the iteration is a list construction, so further work on the iteration result can be done. Similarly, when reading from file (one of the most important issues in my opinion, no very developed in showmedo by the time of this writting), every read line is a list, so for an iteration you should have nested list (isn't it???).


Hi Ian, great screencast. I have a question - is there a way to use a for loop to name variables? I want to name variables according to the items in a list, but concatenating variable names is proving tricky...

Good job Ian. This vidoe explains well using for loops and lists and options to use within the loop. Thanks, Thomas

great job, I now understand the usage of break and continue. Thanks

simple overview on the power of for statements.

Thanks again Ian.

I always wondered how I should end the for loop. Now I see it can be done with else. Thank you!

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I didn't know about the for/else construct. Bravo!

Very well done. The example is comprehensive, yet simple to understand - especially the way you present it.

In terms of pedagogical approach, I can not think of a simple improvement. Well done!

I do find the change of windowing, from viewing the code (on a white background) to the result of the execution (on a black background) slightly distracting. Also, it is not possible to pause the video and view at the same time the code executed and the output.

(Here's a biased suggestion...) I think this example could be more nicely done using Crunchy (with the editor mode). You could display the code (with syntax coloring) in a similar way and execute it by clicking on a button - with the output appearing just below. As an added bonus, you could also display the code from in the same window - either a different tab or, if you wanted to be "fancy", in the same tab, with your code in an editor below the code from the Python site.

I did not know about the "else" conditional for loops. Thank you for sharing that.

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