Seibar Seibar - 2 months ago 21
C# Question

C# loop - break vs. continue

In a C# (feel free to answer for other languages) loop, what's the difference between break and continue as a means to leave the structure of the loop, and go to the next iteration?

Example:

foreach (DataRow row in myTable.Rows)
{
if (someConditionEvalsToTrue)
{
break; //what's the difference between this and continue ?
//continue;
}
}

Answer

break will exit the loop completely, continue will just skip the current iteration.

For example:

for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
    if (i == 0) {
        break;
    }

    DoSomeThingWith(i);
}

The break will cause the loop to exit on the first iteration - DoSomeThingWith will never be executed. This here:

for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
    if(i == 0) {
        continue;
    }

    DoSomeThingWith(i);
}

Will not execute DoSomeThingWith for i = 0, but the loop will continue and DoSomeThingWith will be executed for i = 1 to i = 9.