executes start, then repeatedly evaluates body and incr until test fails to give True.


  • For evaluates its arguments in a nonstandard way.
  • For[start,test,incr] does the loop with a null body.
  • The sequence of evaluation is test, body, incr. For exits as soon as test fails.
  • If Break[] is generated in the evaluation of body, the For loop exits.
  • Continue[] exits the evaluation of body, and continues the loop by evaluating incr.
  • Unless an explicit Return is used, the value returned by For is Null.
  • Note that in an example like For[tot=0;i=0,i<3,i++,tot+=f[i]] the roles of the semicolon and comma are reversed relative to C-like programming languages.


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A comma delimits the parts of For; a semicolon delimits the parts of procedures:

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Introduced in 1988