# Range

rascal-0.28.2

#### Synopsis

Numeric range of values.

#### Syntax

`[ Exp₁ .. Exp₃ ]`

`[ Exp₁, Exp₂ .. Exp₃ ]`

#### Description

Ranges are a shorthand for describing lists of integers from
*Exp*₁ up to (exclusive) *Exp*₃ with increments of 1.
When *Exp*₂ is present it is taken as the second element of the list
and *Exp*₂ - *Exp*₁ is used as increment for the subsequent list elements.

A range with integer expressions is identical to a list Slice. However, a range may also contain numeric expressions that are not integers.

#### Examples

`rascal>[1 .. 10];`

list[int]: [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]

rascal>[1, 3 .. 10];

list[int]: [1,3,5,7,9]

rascal>[0.5, 3.2 .. 10];

list[real]: [0.5,3.2,5.9,8.6]

rascal>[1, -2 .. -10];

list[int]: [1,-2,-5,-8]

#### Benefits

Ranges are mostly used to loop over ranges of integers.

#### Pitfalls

In some cases ranges are empty where one could have expected at least one element:

`rascal>[1, 3 .. -10];`

list[int]: []