I have been follwing the thread on Non-list ranges with some interest and would
like to mention, as a little diversion, how our in house language (Bacis2) does it.
Bacis has the concept of iterator functions that "yield" values to a loop.
Hence you define an iterator function such:
my_range :- iter(min,max,step)
value :- min
if value > max then
value :- value + step
with a calling loop such as:
loop for var over my_range(1,20,2)
The statement "yield value" suspends the execution of the iterator and passes
"value" to the loop that called it. The next time round the calling loop when the
iterator is called again the suspended execution resumes after the yield statement.
Obviously the calling loop terminates when the iter function terminates.
While this type of functionality can be achieved by writing a function to return
a list, an iterator function does it without allocating space for a, potentialy
very long, list.
Could something like this be done in Python?
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