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- Subject: Re: [ANN] Lua 5.2.0 (beta-rc2) now available
- From: David Kastrup <dak@...>
- Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 08:50:11 +0200
Lorenzo Donati <email@example.com> writes:
> I was just thinking of it right now. I'm not a fan of continue, but I
> find it really useful sometimes.
> Now that the goto machinery is in place, wouldn't a "continue" keyword
> be useful and easily introduced? If I remember well, Lua authors
> weren't contrary to it in principle, but because of the
> incompatibilities with "until".
> Now this seems to work:
> ::continue:: -- hidden label if continue were introduced
> until word == nil
I mentioned this before: the purpose of "continue" is a short-circuit of
a loop before its regular completion. A while-loop _starts_ with the
check of the loop condition as a prerequisite to its regular execution.
A repeat-loop _finishes_ with the check of the loop condition as a
_consequence_ of its regular execution.
For that reason, you want "continue"-like behavior to resume a
repeat-until loop _at_ _the_ _top_ of the loop body, not at the point
where the condition is checked, since the condition is a _product_ and
not a prerequisite of the regular execution, and continue short-circuits
the regular execution.
If you claim possibility for confusion: show me real existing code
(rather than theoretic speculation) using "continue" inside of "do