6.3. Iterators and code blocks

The control-flow techniques we’ve looked at so far involve controlling how many times, or under what conditions, a segment of code gets executed. In this section, we’ll examine a different kind of control-flow facility. The techniques we’ll discuss here don’t just perform an execute-or-skip operation on a segment of code; they bounce control of the program from one scope to another and back again, through iteration.

6.3.1. The ingredients of iteration

In focusing on movement between local scopes, it may sound like we’ve gone back to talking about method calls. After all, when you call a method on an object, control is passed to the body of the method (a different scope); and when the method has finished executing, ...

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