On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 9:09 PM, Ron Adam firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Carl Johnson wrote:
Slightly OT, but I think 'break' and 'continue' should be replaced with 'raise Break' and 'raise Continue' in Python 4000, just as we 'raise StopIteration' in generators today. This would be handy, because you could use it in functions called by a list comprehension:
def while(x): if x > 10: raise Break else: return x
[while(x) for x in range(20)] #produces [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
Right now, you can do something this with list(generator expression) by raising StopIteration, but it is considered a hack, and it doesn't work with list comprehensions.
Maybe break should raise a StopIteration and continue should raise NextIteration?
What would be the effect on performance to for and while loops?
You would have to essentially make loops syntactic sugar for try/except statements. And if you had StopIteration and NextIteration you would have to have a nested try/except::
try: LOOP: ... loop stuff ... try: ... loop body ... except NextIteration: pass goto LOOP except StopIteration: pass
Exceptions are not expensive, but they are not exactly a no-op either.