FAQ: Linked Lists: Python - Linked Lists Implementation II


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Step 2 is confusing: You can use a while loop and Node 's next_node() method to traverse the list.

This is the solution version. How does the following work? I understand while loop using relation operators makes sense to me .

while x <3:
  x += 1

But I don’t understand the following:

 current_node = self.get_head_node()
    while current_node:
      if current_node.get_value() != None:
        string_list += str(current_node.get_value()) + "\n"
      current_node = current_node.get_next_node()

How does this while loop check a True or False? What is it doing in these terms, specifically for linked lists?


Alright, so visualizing this and hopefully trying to answer my own question:

Nodes actually look like this ( # is a place holder for value, and I’ll use different brackets to help with visualization):

blah_name = Node [ # , {#, (#, None) } ]

The head node contains all the nodes in it’s 2nd argument. So when :

current_node = current_node.get_next_node()

gets the None value, does that equate to false, thus stopping the while loop? But the if statement is checking for the None. Can someone try to break it down for me what the while loop is doing in this scenario?


I think the next lesson gave me a clue!

Traverse the list until current_node.get_next_node().get_value() is the value_to_remove .

(Just like with stringify_list you can traverse the list using a while loop that checks whether current_node exists.)

It would still be nice to get a more detailed explanation of what while does through each check, especially at the end.


So this is what I’m working with currently:

 def stringify_list(self):
    node_v = []
    nxt = self.head_node.get_next_node()
    while nxt != None:
      nxt = nxt.get_next_node()
    node_v = [n + "\n" for n in node_v]  
    return node_v

but every way I’ve tried, I can’t get the the list items to print on separate lines. I keep getting

['90\n', '5675\n', '70\n', '5\n']

I also get the following message at the bottom of the workspace:

'list' object has no attribute 'split'

I get this message wit or without an attempt to print on separate lines.
Any advice?