Adam Starrh Adam Starrh - 1 month ago 12
Python Question

Python - While-Loop until list is empty

I'm working with Django and I have a queryset of objects that has been converted to a list (

unpaid_sales
). I'm executing a process that iterates through this list and operates on each item until either the list is empty, or a given integer (
bucket
) reaches zero.

This is how I set it up:

while unpaid_sales:
while bucket > 0:
unpaid_sale = unpaid_sales.pop(0)
...do stuff


In some cases, I am getting the following error:


pop from empty list


What's wrong with my logic?

Answer

Your end criteria must be formulated a little differently: loop while there are items and the bucket is positive. or is not the right operation here.

while unpaid_sales and bucket > 0
    unpaid_sale = unpaid_sales.pop(0)
    #do stuff
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