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Uncomprehensive while-loop with undef variable



Apr 23, 2017, 6:09 AM

Post #1 of 2 (891 views)
Uncomprehensive while-loop with undef variable Can't Post

hello there, I just learn recently Perl, so I experimented a bit around, and this ist what i don't get:

I started with

$n = 1;  
while ($n<10)
{ $sum += $n;
$n += 2;
print "result is $sum \n " ;

This is fairly simple, it goes from loop 1 (n = 1) to loop 5 (n = 9)
and adds them to 1+3+5+7+9, which gives 25.

Now I tried the following:

$n = 1;  
while ($sum<10)
{ $sum += $n;
$n += 2;
print "result is $sum \n " ;

Now the result is supposed to be 16, and I dont understand it frankly..
the numbers n ought to sum up to the $sum until it reaches 10. So what actually happens is: 1+3+5+7 = 16
but this is an error statement or did I miss something?
when I say print "result is $n \n" then it gives the expected result 9.
I just wonder how the perl compiler handles the $sum or why it gives me 16, I hope you understand an can help me here :)
The point is, I didn't declare the variables (my $n ; my $sum) to see how the program behaves.. is this the source of all problems?

(This post was edited by Wildcard on Apr 23, 2017, 6:26 AM)


Apr 23, 2017, 10:53 AM

Post #2 of 2 (878 views)
Re: [Wildcard] Uncomprehensive while-loop with undef variable [In reply to] Can't Post

After the third loop $sum has the value 9. The 9 is less than 10, so the loop runs again (it adds 7 to the 9 and gets 16). The 16 is not less than 10 so the while loop terminates. You then print the current value of $sum (16).

Perhaps the easiest way to do what you want is:

use strict;
use warnings;
my $sum =0;
my $n = 1;
while (($sum + $n)<10)
{ $sum += $n;
$n += 2;
print "result is $sum \n " ;

result is 9

I recommend that you always use strict and warnings. Although they would not have helped in this case, they do catch many common mistakes.
Good Luck,


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