10.17. Lists and
It is also possible to perform list traversal using iteration by item as well as iteration by index.
It almost reads like natural language: For (every) fruit in (the list of) fruits, print (the name of the) fruit.
We can also use the indices to access the items in an iterative fashion.
In this example, each time through the loop, the variable
position is used as an index into the
list, printing the
position-eth element. Note that we used
len as the upper bound on the range
so that we can iterate correctly no matter how many items are in the list.
Any sequence expression can be used in a
for loop. For example, the
range function returns a sequence of integers.
This example prints all the multiples of 3 between 0 and 19.
Since lists are mutable, it is often desirable to traverse a list, modifying
each of its elements as you go. The following code squares all the numbers from
5 using iteration by position.
Take a moment to think about
range(len(numbers)) until you understand how
it works. We are interested here in both the value and its index within the
list, so that we can assign a new value to it.
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