Has Next in Python Iterators
ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Thu Oct 21 13:37:18 CEST 2010
Kelson Zawack <zawackkfb at gis.a-star.edu.sg> writes:
> […] if I want to iterate until an element that might or might not be
> present is found I either wrap the while loop in a try block or break
> out of a for loop.
I'm not sure what exception you would catch, but that could be a good
The general solution would be to break from the ‘for’ loop when you find
the terminating item.
> Since an iterator having an end is not actually an exceptional case
Right. You're not talking about the end of the iterator, though; you're
talking about stopping *before* the end, when a particular item is
Either that, or you'll need to be clearer about what the problem is.
A simple, complete, working example would help.
> and the for construct is really for iterating though the entirety of a
Or until something else happens to change the flow, such as a ‘break’
> both of these solutions feel like greasy workarounds and thus not
> very pythonic.
Show us a simple, complete, working example, and let's see how Pythonic
> Is there something I am missing? Is there a reason python iterators
> don't have has_next functionality?
Many iterators can't know whether they have a next item without actually
generating that item.
> What is the standard solution to this problem?
I'm not sure that it is a problem. Let's see the example, to make it
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