Iterables: A Crazy, Crazy World
Part 1: Well, what are iterables?
My personal definition of Python's iterables is just that they are special functions. That's it.
An example of one would be this basic and simple clone of
def simple_range(start=0, max=10): i = start # This is the real logic here while i < max: yield i i += 1
Now, how would we use this "special" function? Well, you can just put it in a for loop:
for i in simple_range(0, 4): print(i)
This will output:
0 1 2 3
What's so special about iterables then? Couldn't you just do that with a normal function and a list?
Well, yes, but I have a reason for naming this series "A Crazy, Crazy World."
In the console / REPL, try the following:
> f = simple_range(0, 4) > dir(f) [..., 'close', 'gi_code', 'gi_frame', 'gi_running', 'gi_yieldfrom', 'send', 'throw']
(I hope this made you interested in iterables. And believe me, they are quite the cool thing once you learn about them and what you can do with them.)