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Re: Until -Reply -Reply

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  • Subject: [mg7235] Re:[mg7063] Until -Reply -Reply
  • From: Sean Ross <sean at>
  • Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 19:13:28 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


>The forms:
>.....; or yours
> Until[test_,body_]:=While[test=!=True,body]; 
>work fine, but are not a true Until because they don't execute body first.

Mine is

Until[test_, body_]:= While[body;test=!=True]

and does execute body first:


Am I missing something?

Allan Hayes

Thanks for the help.  Your code does work and yes, you are missing
something.  As an "insider", you were aware of an undocumented While
feature when I assumed that your While[body,test] was just a typo that I
saw no need to quibble about.  The mathematica book does not mention
that While[test,body] evaluates test first, then body and While[body,test]
does the reverse.  I will promptly "Update" my personal copy of the
mathematica book.  This would probably make a nice addition to the list of
revisions you are compiling somewhere.

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