In the last lesson, you learned how to read all lines of data from a file
using a while-loop.
While loops are always funny, in that depending on conditions of your code, the loop may not be executed at all. For example, consider this:
while x < 5 do
Here the while-loop will never be entered, since x<5 is false, because x=5 just before the while-loop is encountered.
In our data reading loop, we had to set data = true before the while-loop, to get it started. Yes, while-loops need to be "primed" or they may not run. In the last lesson, setting data=true "primed" the while loop properly.
Wouldn't it be nice if there was a looping structure that always ran at least once, with no priming required? There is! It's called the repeat-until loop. Let's try it.
repeat CODE untilCONDITION-IS-TRUE
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Here, let's try using a repeat-until-loop, and keep reading line after line, until file_read returns a false?
Now you try. Fill in the ??? in the until ??? line with a suitable condition that will print all data in the sample.dat file.
Type your code here:
See your results here:
This code will not run! Fill in the until = ??? with a suitable condition that will display all data in the sample.dat file.
If everything works, you should see a long list of numbers appear. These will be all of the numbers in the file screen.dat.
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