# While Statement

Joel Ross joelc at cognyx.com
Fri May 22 12:35:46 CEST 2009

```Andre Engels wrote:
> On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM, Joel Ross <joelc at cognyx.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I have this piece of code
>>
>> class progess():
>>
>>    def __init__(self, number,  char):
>>
>>        total = number
>>        percentage = number
>>        while percentage > 0 :
>>            percentage = int(number/total*100)
>>            number-=1
>>            char+="*"
>>            print char
>>
>> progess(999,  "*")
>>
>> Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on way the percentage var gets set to
>> the value 0 after the first loop.
>>
>> Any feed back would be appreciated.
>
> In Python 2.6 and lower, division of two integers gives an integer,
> being the result without rest of division with rest:
>
>>>> 4/3
> 1
>>>> 5/3
> 1
>>>> 6/3
> 2
>
> In your example, the second run has number = 998, total = 999. 998/999
> is evaluated to be zero.
>
> There are two ways to change this:
> 1. Ensure that at least one of the things you are using in the
> division is a float. You could for example replace "total = number" by
> "total = float(number)" or "number/total*100" by
> "float(number)/total*100" or by "(number*100.0)/total".
> 2. Use Python 3 behaviour here, which is done by putting the import
> "from __future__ import division" in your code.
>
>

Im using 2.6 python and when running this

class progess():

def __init__(self, number, total,  char):

percentage = float(number/total*100)
percentage = int(round(percentage))
char = char * percentage
print char

progess(100, 999,  "*")

the "percentage = float(number/total*100)" always equals 0.0
any ideas way this would be?

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