python for loop

Ricardo Aráoz ricaraoz at
Wed Apr 1 16:26:26 CEST 2009

Lada Kugis wrote:
> On 01 Apr 2009 01:26:41 GMT, Steven D'Aprano
> <steven at> wrote:
>> Why Python (and other languages) count from zero instead of one, and 
>> why half-open intervals are better than closed intervals:
> steven, thanks for answering,
> yes, i saw the second one a little time ago (someone else posted it as
> well in really cute handwriting version :) and the first time just
> now, but the examples which both of them give don't seem to me to be
> that relevant, e.g. the pros don't overcome the cons.
> imho, although both sides (mathematical vs engineer) adress some
> points, none of them give the final decisive argument.
> i understand the math. point of view, but from the practical side it
> is not good. it goes nicely into his tidy theory of everything, but
> practical and intuitive it is not. as i said, being an engineer, i
> tend towards the other side, so this is biased opinion (nobody can be
> unbiased) but from a practical side it seems unpractical for
> engineering problems (and to me, the purpose of computers is to help
> humans to build a better world, not to prove theories - theories are
> useless if they don't help us in reality. so we should try to adapt
> computing to real world, not our world to computers).
Speaking about "reality", it would have saved a lot of time (but maybe
not fun) to just do :

>>> myRange = lambda x : range(1, x+1)
>>> myRange(4)
[1, 2, 3, 4]

Put it in a file named "" in the python path, and then in
your programs you can code :
from MyIntuition import myRange

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