while loop - multiple condition

Rob Gaddi rgaddi at technologyhighland.invalid
Mon Oct 13 18:12:48 CEST 2014


On Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:56:02 +1100
Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> wrote:
> 
> When you have multiple clauses in the condition, it's easier to reason about
> them if you write the clauses as positive statements rather than negative
> statements, that is, "something is true" rather than "something is not
> true", and then use `not` to reverse it if you want to loop *until* the
> overall condition is true.
> 

I was just explaining this concept to a young pup the other day.  De
Morgan's lets you say that (not (p and q)) == ((not p) or (not q)), but
the positive logic flavor is substantially less error-prone.  People
are fundamentally not as good at thinking about inverted logic.

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