Consider the 3 following manually entered evaluations where a Set statement is brought to the Front-End by Dynamic:

Unexpected

Obviously the Set statement in Dynamic is evaluated only once, at the beginning. Despite remaining on the screen at all times and despite manual future alteration of t, t=0 does not seem to be evaluated again. According to documentation I would expect the Set statement to be evaluated each time t changes.

Why is this so? I failed to see the explanation in the neat answers Using Refresh[..] with TrackedSymbols! and advanced Dynamic documentation.

This is further surprising, considering that adding t; in the Dynamic expression, recovers systematic evaluation of t=0 when t is altered:

Expected

Later increment: following the suggestion by Kuba in the comments about using t[], here is a third case where t[0] apparently does not depend on t (like the first case) but actually updates this time.

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Thank you for you help and keep on the good work.

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  • The statement t = 0 does not depend on the value of t. The statement t; t = 0 does, since t is evaluated. – Michael E2 yesterday
  • Ok, it is not sufficient that t formally (lexically) appears in the expression to be updated by Dynamic. I better understand the logics now, somehow clearer than the multipage documentation, thank you. – SteppingStone yesterday
  • Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. – Kuba yesterday

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