[Python-ideas] if in for-loop statement

Henk-Jaap Wagenaar wagenaarhenkjaap at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 08:37:15 EST 2017

Hi all,

Often I have typed something like

    for x in range(100) if is_prime(x):
        # do things with x

to find that this does not work, instead resorting to:

    for x in range(100):
        if is_prime(x):
            # do things with x


    for x in range(100):
        if not is_prime(x):
        # do things with x

Other solutions to another case of this 'problem' are discussed has been
discussed on StackOverflow (
where it is suggested one uses a generator expression before the loop. None
of these solutions seem very Pythonic to me.

I appreciate there is a cost associated with changing the language syntax,
and I do not understand all the finer details of the inner workings
involved with the Python language development, however in my limited
understanding in it would be:
- fully backwards compatible,
- require one to change "expression_list" to "or_test [comp_iter]" in the
syntax of the for statement (if I got it right).
- it would mean there is a Pythonic solution to a current 'problem' that
does not have one.

A few problems I foresee:
- One wants for loops to bleed their target_list (that is the point
normally), so this is different from generators,
- This allows for nesting of generators, like in a generator expression
which might be hard to implement?

Note that this has been suggested before at least once (
and that thread itself suggests it has been suggested before and shutdown
by Guido (though no source is given for this).

All the best,

Henk-Jaap Wagenaar
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