Screwing Up looping in Generator

Deborah Swanson python at
Mon Jan 2 22:05:20 EST 2017

Chris Angelico wrote, on January 03, 2017 2:31 PM
> On Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 8:19 AM, Deborah Swanson
> <python at> wrote:
> > while True:
> >   try:
> >     file =
> >   except StopIteration:
> >     break
> Small side point: Try to avoid calling a generator object's
> .next() method directly. Normally, when you _do_ want to do
> this, you should be calling next(files). In Python 3, the
> magic method is now __next__(), which emphasizes that it's
> for defining, not calling.
> As others have pointed out, though, the for loop is the
> correct tool for this job.
> ChrisA

Ok, I learned how to use generators in Python 2.7.8, which may be different 
from Python 3 for generators. But I learned from MIT's online introduction to 
python course, and they certainly seem to know python well. So what is the 
correct way to call the generator's next yield in Python 3? We only learned to 
use the next function. If you don't use the next function, what do you use?

And yes, we usually used for loops for generators, unless you don't know when 
the generator will be exhausted. As in this case, where the number of files the 
generator can provide is unknown. Then we used the while True, break on 
StopIteration method.

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