SLN SLN - 1 month ago 4
Swift Question

Different control flow statement can have the same title

There are 2 different nested loops and each of them has a break statement to break the outer loop under their certain conditions.

I wonder if I mark the 2 outer loops with the same title, would this triggers a confusion for the break statement?

I then tried the following code snippets

outterLoop: for x in 1...3 {
innerLoop: for y in 1...3 {
if x == 3 {
break outterLoop //break the "outterLoop"
} else {
print("x: \(x), y: \(y)")

outterLoop: for a in 1...3 {
innerLoop: for b in 1...3 {
if b == 3 {
break outterLoop //break the "outterLoop"
} else {
print("a: \(a), b: \(b)")

It turns out the code works just fine and there is no re-declaration issue appears. I think it might be related to the scope topic. The first break can only see the outterLoop in the #1 code block and the second break can only see the outterLoop at the scope it located, AKA, the #2 code block. As a result, the invisible scope limited the variable that the inner break can "see"

Question: Am I understood it correct? If not, please correct me. And even if I was not wrong, I believe I used informal and imprecise descriptions. Would be nice if you can give me a more formal and precise description.

Many thanks


“The scope of a labeled statement is the entire statement following the statement label. You can nest labeled statements, but the name of each statement label must be unique.”

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “The Swift Programming Language (Swift 2.2).” iBooks.

The scope of the first outterLoop: label is the first for-loop, and the scope of the second outterLoop: label is the second for-loop.

Therefore break outterLoop inside the first loop can only refer to the first outterLoop: label, and the same is true for the second loop.

This is different from C, where labels can be (almost) arbitrary targets of goto statements.