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## Re: [Chicken-users] nested loop over lists

 From: Kevin Wortman Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] nested loop over lists Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:55:11 +0000

Another perspective, if you're new to Scheme, I'd recommend getting in the habit of using higher-order procedures before loops. The principle is that looping is an error-prone (e.g. infinite loops) low level operation, so it's best to factor that out and use an established and tested library procedure instead of writing new iteration logic each time.

The big 3 are filter, fold, and map in SRFI 1 ( http://wiki.call-cc.org/man/4/Unit%20srfi-1 ).

I'd actually implement your pseudocode with

(for-each (lambda (i)
(for-each (lambda (j)
(for-each (lambda (k)
(print (+ i j k)))
'(7 8 9)))
'(4 5 6)))
'(1 2 3))

You mentioned "calculation" so I wager you'll actually want to use fold, not for-each.

Regards,
Kevin Wortman

On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 7:04 AM Jinsong Liang <address@hidden> wrote:
Wow, this is amazing! Thanks a lot Christian!

Jinsong

On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 3:05 AM, Christian Kellermann wrote:
* Jinsong Liang <address@hidden> [160714 04:26]:
> Hi,
>
> I want to do nested loops over three lists like the following pseudo code:
>
> for i in '(1 2 3)
>     for j in '(4 5 6)
>         for k in '(7 8 9)
>           //do calculation using i, j, and k. The three lists are not
> related.
>         end
>     end
> end
>
> What is the best way to do this in Chicken? I can use (for-each ...) or (do
> ...) but it seems neither is straightforward.

Without knowing the purpose of this it's hard to say.  However scheme
is flexible enough to allow an almost verbatim translation using
foof-loop:

(use foof-loop)

(loop ((for i (in-list '(1 2 3))))
(loop ((for j (in-list '(4 5 6))))
(loop ((for k (in-list '(7 8 9))))
(print "Magic " i "+" j "+" k " = " (+ i j k)))))

HTH,

Christian

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