FAQ: Loops - The For Loop


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I created a “for” loop as below:

for (let num = 5; num < 11; num+1) {

The expected result was a short list of numbers: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Yet, the returned result was a lot of “5” digits.

To me, the iteration statement “num+1” is synonymous with “num++” and “num+=1”; the latter two worked fine.
I don’t know why I got different results using the three statements.

Can anyone do me a favor and answer this question? :confounded:


they are not the same, num + 1 never updates the num variable. We can see this:

let i = 5;
console.log(i + 1) // 6
console.log(i) // 5, because variable didn't update. 
i = i + 1
console.log(i) // 6

i = i + 1 does update the variable, += is just a shorthand, and ++ is even shorter shorthand to increase the variable by one

i = i + 1 looks a bit weird for new programmers, because you assign the current value + 1 in the same variable.


Why doesn’t this work?

for (let counter = 5; counter <11 || counter >4; counter++) {


you can’t use the or operator in the for loop. Besides, why would you? counter starts out as 5, and only increases, so counter > 4 is redundant.