While vs loop


#1

what is the Difference between loop and while in ruby ?

loop do
end

while 1
end


#2

Loop will continue indefinitely until it meets with some break statement
somewhere in its loop body.

While can also be terminated with a break statement, but more
traditionally,
it ends when the condition specified in the while statement is
satisfied.
If you have “while 1” as you’ve written here though, the two should be
functionally equivalent.

On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 7:03 AM, Vetrivel V.
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#3

Hi,

At Sat, 14 Feb 2009 15:03:03 +0900,
Vetrivel V. wrote in [ruby-talk:328175]:

what is the Difference between loop and while in ruby ?

loop do
end

loop is a kernel method which takes a block. A block
introduces new local variable scope.

loop do
a = 1
break
end
p a #=> causes NameError

while 1
end

while doesn’t.

while 1
a = 1
break
end
p a #=> 1


#4

Hi,

Am Samstag, 14. Feb 2009, 15:16:16 +0900 schrieb Nobuyoshi N.:

At Sat, 14 Feb 2009 15:03:03 +0900,
Vetrivel V. wrote in [ruby-talk:328175]:

what is the Difference between loop and while in ruby ?

loop is a kernel method which takes a block. A block
introduces new local variable scope.

while doesn’t.

In other words:

$ irb
irb(main):001:0> Kernel.private_instance_methods.grep /loop/
=> [“loop”]
irb(main):002:0> Kernel.private_instance_methods.grep /while/
=> []

Bertram


#5

On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 7:16 AM, Nobuyoshi N. removed_email_address@domain.invalid
wrote:

introduces new local variable scope.
while doesn’t.

while 1
a = 1
break
end
p a #=> 1


Nobu Nakada

furthermore loop do has an implicit rescue clause for a StopIteration
exception
(I believe 1.8.7 and 1.9.1 only IIRC)

therefore

loop do
some_enumerator.next
end
becomes a convenient idiom.

HTH
Robert