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- Subject: Re: for vs while
- From: "mlkesl" <kaishaku13@...>
- Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 02:44:50 -0000
Wow, that's just way too much for the user...
Almost too much of a wart for a regular programmer.
I can understand it autoincrementing the index,
but that doesn't exactly mean changing the index
in the for loop is erroneous...just odd... right?
--- In lua-l@y..., RLake@o... wrote:
> > Although 'local' does make a nice difference with while,
> > it doesn't really with this for example. Even with the
> > x=i, it is pretty much the same speed as without, and
> > still plenty faster than while...
> > However, I would like to know why... what does it mean?
> > And what is the rationale behind it especially when it
> > makes things cryptic for the non-programmer users...
> Maybe it is cryptic. The simple explanation is that a "local"
> only exists in the piece of program it occurs in. Since Lua knows
> the uses of the local variable are, it can find them much more
> For example, the "i" in the for loop is local to the for loop; it
> outside the for loop. This is what makes for loops so fast (or one
> that makes them so fast, anyway). So changing that would make for
> By the way, i = F(i) is not allowed. You cannot change the value of
> index of
> a for loop inside the for loop. I suppose it works for you because F
> returns i.
> > local x=-1
> > for i=1,10000000 do
> > i = F(i)
> > x = i
> > end
> > That's too much for users I think, is there any solutions
> > that makes sense, which is not twice as slow like 'while' ?
> Not really. Sorry.