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iOS Swift Basics (retired) Control Flow While and Do-While Loop

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while_loops.swift
let numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
var index = 0
while index < numbers.count {
println(numbers[index]) }

1 Answer

Greg Kaleka
Greg Kaleka
39,018 Points

Hi Stanila. You forgot to increment! You're stuck in what's called an infinite loop.

Think about what your code is doing:

  • The program hits the while loop, checks to see if index (which is 0) is less than numbers.count (which is 10)
  • It is, so it prints numbers[0] (which is 1), and goes back to the top.
  • It checks to see if index (still 0!) is less than numbers.count (still 10), and prints again.

...

This will go on forever.

You need one more line inside your while loop. Something like index = index+1 or if you're fancy, index++. This way when the loop runs a second time, index will be 1, then 2, and so on.

This is something you have to be careful with. If you get stuck in an infinite loop outside of the safety of Workspaces, your program will crash.

Happy programming!