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Can anyone explain what this statement does in Eiffel.

Can anyone explain what this statement does in Eiffel.

Can anyone explain what this statement does in Eiffel.

      i, newhostscount : INTEGER
      found : BOOLEAN
         found := false
         i := 1
         newhostscount := noofhosts
         i > noofhosts or found
         if distincthosts.item(i).same_as(hostname) then
            found := true
         end -- if
         i := i + 1
      end -- loop
      if not found then
         newhostscount := newhostscount + 1
         if not(newhostscount > distincthosts.count) then
            distincthosts.put(hostname, newhostscount)
         end -- if
      end -- if
      result := newhostscount
   end -- addhost

RE: Can anyone explain what this statement does in Eiffel.

All the entities used in the body of this eiffel routine are not known, as far as I can understand it.

- I assume noofhosts is an INTEGER, meaning something like ``number of hosts''. It should be better named hosts_count.
- distincthosts must be a table container(a DICTIONARY, or TABLE, etc.) owning some distincts hosts(no doublons maybe). It should be better named distinct_hosts.
- hostname must be a STRING, and a parameter of this routine, maybe the host to seek for.

Back to the body of this routine : the from, until, loop, end statement iterates on the distincthosts container in order to find a host named hostname(the loop ends when it was found ).

The following if, end statement add hostname, and update newhostscount if hostname was not found in the previous search.

Finally, the updates newhostscount is returned.


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