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[Python-Dev] Examples for PEP 572


On Wed, Jul 04, 2018 at 08:32:32PM +0200, Sven R. Kunze wrote:

> >>while total != (total := total + term):
> >>??? term *= mx2 / (i*(i+1))
> >>??? i += 2
> >>return total
> 
> This very example here caught my eye.
> 
> Isn't total not always equal to total? What would "regular" Python have 
> looked like?

Read the Appendix to the PEP:

https://github.com/python/peps/blob/master/pep-0572.rst

And no, total is not always not equal to total. When total and term are 
sufficiently different, total+term underflows to just total, and the 
loop exits.

py> total = 1.5e30
py> term = 12.5
py> total + term != total
False


I read it as:

    while total != updated total:
        do stuff

and find it easier to follow than having to juggle the extra 
book-keeping "old" variable in the original code.

YMMV.



-- 
Steve