# Loop a Do While in an IF

I have a DO WHILE statement and in that statement there is an IF ststement, is it possible to loop the origional DO ststement in the IF ststement
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Since you are using vb6 (I thought it was .NET), the only way to do this is with the GOTO statement.

x = 1
Do While x < 10

IF x = 3 THEN
x = x + 2
GOTO ContinueLoop
END IF

x = x + 1

ContinueLoop:
loop
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Full stack Software EngineerCommented:
do u mean that the DO WHILE should be inside the IF statement?can u post the code?
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Author Commented:
Sorry - i didnt explain very well

I I know the code doesnt achieve anything but it just came up with it as an example of what i am trying to do.

in the code x should never = 4

when i do it i get the error

"loop without DO"
``````x = 1
Do While x < 10

IF x = 3 THEN
x = x + 2
loop
END IF

x = x + 1
loop
``````
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I am not sure I undestand, but here is something that might solve your problem.

Do while Finished = False
if I_Want_To_Exit=true then
Exit Do
End If
If I_Want_to_Move_to_Next = true then
Continue Do
End If
Loop

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Commented:

This command will move the code to the "Do" statement.
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Full stack Software EngineerCommented:
try this:

x = 1
Do While x < 10

IF x = 3 THEN
x = x + 2
ELSE
x = x + 1
END IF

loop
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Commented:
How about the following ... I have placed a stop itf it hits 4 ... which it doesn't.

You can change the line:
If x = 4 Then Stop

to for example 3 to see it stop since all other values are processed

Chris
``````    x = 1
Do While x < 10
If x = 3 Then
x = x + 1
End If
x = x + 1
If x = 4 Then Stop
Loop
``````
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SLightly modified to support a demo output

Chris
``````    x = 0
Do While x < 10
x = x + 1
If x = 4 Then
x = x + 1
End If
If x = 4 Then
Stop
Else
Debug.Print x
End If
Loop
``````
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Author Commented:
basically i need it to stop the current loop and continue on with the next loop if the value of the if is true
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Commented:
As I said above my friend, the command

Continue Do

will do exacty that.
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Commented:
Removing other aspects then .. see the comment this is where you your bit ... and it isn't triggered if x = 4

Chris
``````    Do While x < 10
x = x + 1
If x <> 4 Then
End If
Loop
``````
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Author Commented:
I have tried Continue do and it is not recognised as a command

i am using vb6...?
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Commented:
The only way??? - not so, see my earlier post.

Chris
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Commented:
chris_bottomley, yes there are several things you can do to work around the need for a continue statement.

Still, if you really need the "Continue Do" functionality, the way to go is with GOTO.
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Commented:
Your original code will work with a slight modification:
x = 1
Do While x < 10
IF x = 3 THEN
x = x + 2
Else
x = x + 1
END IF
Loop
Simple...
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Full stack Software EngineerCommented:
@VBClassicGuy

like my suggestion...
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Commented:
For my education why did you select the option:

Do While x < 10
IF x = 3 THEN
x = x + 2
GOTO ContinueLoop
END IF

x = x + 1

ContinueLoop:
loop

It seems much more complex than:

Do While x < 10
x = x + 1
If x <> 4 Then
End If
Loop

i.e. 5 lines and a jump label as compared to two lines without.  (Jumps are genrally considered bad practice though sometimes are unavoidable.

ALso note my method doesn't care what value you start with ... the accepted solution will fall over when starting at 4 - not critical if you always intend to start on 1 but nonetheless more risky.

Chris
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My friends, I agree that the goto statement in VB6 should only be used for Error Handling and that the correct programming technique is to avoid jumping around the code and creating spagetti code.

BUT, sometimes it is the easiest way around a problem. In the example that ict-torquilclark posted, it wouldn't make any sense. But in a loop where there are several exit positions spread around the loop, maybe it is the correct way to go.
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Commented:
IMHO: The selected comment is a poor solution.

Have a look at this relevant article.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_2755.html

aikimark
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