Lesson goal: The End-Of-File (EOF)

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The issues in the past few lessons were twofold: 1) being able to start a loop to read in all data from a file and 2) knowing when to stop reading from the file.

It turns out in file-lingo, the "end of file" or "EOF" is a very common consideration. When the EOF is reached, we are at the end of a file, and there is no more data to read. If we're in a data-reading loop, it better stop when EOF is reached.

It is so common, most programming languages have a "are we we at the end of a file?" function, that works something like this:

ret=file_eof(handle)
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Let's see if we can use file-eof and a while-loop to read in all data from a file.

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This code is complete. Study it and see if you can understand how file_eof helps.

If everything works, you should see a long list of numbers appear. These will be all of the numbers in the file screen.dat.

For you to do: convert the code to work with the repeat-until loop structure. Dismiss.

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