On Fri, 8 Jan 2021, Artur Tarassow wrote:
Am 08.01.21 um 15:12 schrieb Allin Cottrell:
> "loop foreach" is intended for iterating across strings, and allowing
> iteration over bundle keys and arrays of strings is a special case of that.
> But in general "foreach" for arrays is redundant since they are indexed and
Thanks for the clarification, Allin. I agree that with your redundancy
argument to some degree.
However, I've (still) have two remarks on the current behavior:
1) Using a foreach loop looks very natural (at least) to me when
iterating over bundles and matrices -- even though it may be
OK, I take your point. Now in git
loop foreach i <array>
is taken as syntactic sugar for
(If <array> is not an array of strings, $i just gives the string
representation of the index.)
2) If the foreach type of loop is not supported for matrices and
bundles, I think it should not work at all when iterating over
these data types and actually throw an error.
This goes back to the original point of a foreach loop, namely
iterating over strings (with string substitution supported via $i).
From that point of view, when you said
loop foreach i B
it would mean: iterate over an array of literal strings containing
the single element "B". The fact that "B" might be the name of an
array was irrelevant, and ignored. But since that interpretation has
already been breached for bundles and arrays of strings, it might as
well be breached for all array types.
(Note: you still get the traditional interpretation if "foreach i"
is followed by more than one string.)