"for" with "else"?

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Thu Sep 25 22:42:15 CEST 2003

In article <vn67fhhom95896 at corp.supernews.com>,
Michael Geary <Mike at DeleteThis.Geary.com> wrote:
>The use case that Alex just posted gave me another way to think about it:
>    for item in allitems:
>        if fraboozable(item):
>            print "first fraboozable item is", item
>            break
>    else:
>        print "Sorry, no item is fraboozable"
>If I think of the else statement as being related to the if statement
>inside the loop, then it makes some sense--the else statement is
>executed when the if statement never comes up true. (It's twisted
>logic, I know, but at least it helps me keep track of what "else" does

Maybe it's twisted logic, but it's the only time I've ever used for/else
in real code.  It helps if instead of thinking of the else as connected
to the if, you think of the entire for loop as being an extended if
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