We defined what a sequence is and what it does at the start of this chapter. Sequences are great for scenarios when the size of the collection is not known in advance. Think about reading a table from a database, where you wouldn't know how many records you will get back; or reading a local .csv file, where you don't know how many lines it contains. You can think of a sequence as a list that goes on and on. A sequence is evaluated on a need-to-know basis, and only to the point needed. Think of the Fibonacci series; there is no point in constructing the collection in advance. How many items do you need to compute? The caller determines that.

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