CS0004: Introduction to Programming Repetition – For Next Loops Review A loop is used to… Each repetition of the loop is called Pretest and Posttest. Do While loops repeat until the condition is… a pass, or iteration. Do Loops come in two forms: repeatedly execute a sequence of statements a number of times. False Do Until loops repeat until the condition is… True Review General Form of Pretest: Do While condition statement(s) Loop General Form of Posttest: Do statement(s) Loop While condition For…Next Loops When we know exactly how many times a loop should be executed, a special type of loop, a For…Next loop, can be used. For instance… For i As Integer = 1 To 5 MessageBox.show(i) Next …will show the numbers 1 through 5 in message boxes. For…Next Loops We could write the same program with a Do loop Dim i As Integer = 1 Do While I <= 5 MessageBox.show(i) i += 1 Loop However, this is more verbose and less intuitive For…Next Loops General Form: For i As numberDataType = m To n statement(s) Next i can be any valid variable name (i is fine here though) i is a counter variable that is incremented (one is added to it) after every iteration of the loop. numberDataType is any number data type (most often it is Integer) m is the initial value that i takes (i is initialized to m) The loop runs until i > n. n is called the terminating value. i does not need to be declared beforehand, because the loop for all intents and purposes declares it. It has block-level scope. For…Next Loops General Form: For i As numberDataType = m To n statement(s) Next When a program reaches a For…Next Loop: 1. The counter variable receives the initial value 2. It checks to see if the counter variable is greater than the terminating value If it is, the programs jumps out of the loop If it is not, the statement(s) inside of the loop execute A. B. a. b. The counter variable is incremented Goes back to step 2. For…Next Loops Set counter variable to initial value Is counter variable > terminating value No Execute statements within loop Increment counter variable Execute statements within loop Yes Counter Variables Declared Outside of Loop You can declare the counter variable outside of the loop if you want to use it outside of the loop: Dim i As Integer For i = 1 To 5 MessageBox.show(i) Next Does the same thing as… For i As Integer = 1 To 5 MessageBox.show(i) Next For…Next Example 1 New Topics: For…Next Loop Step Values By default For…Next loops increment the counter variable by 1 every iteration of the loop. You can also define how much is added to the counter variable every iteration. This amount is called a step value. For i As Integer = 1 To 11 step 5 MessageBox.show(i) Next This loop will display 1, 6, and then 11 in separate dialog boxes. General Form: For i As numberDataType = m To n Step s statement(s) Next Where s is the step value. For…Next Loop Examples 2, 3, 4 New Topic: Step Value Negative initial values, and step values Nested For Loops For…Next Notes: If you want to skip an iteration of a For…Next Loop you can use the Continue For statement (there is also a Continue Do statement) When Continue For is encountered, the loop then skips to the next iteration without executing the code below it in the current iteration. Likewise, much like a Exit Do, there is also an Exit For. Again, counter variables have block-level scope in the for loop they are used in. Any decision statements or repetition statements are followed by statement(s). These are called blocks. Any blocks can be nested in any other blocks (If statements can be nested in for loops, etc.) Type Inference As we write our programs now, this statement is legal: Dim var = 1 Question: How does the compiler know what type var is? Answer: It infers the type from the value it is initially given. The compiler gives var the type Integer because 1 is of type Integer. This can be dangerous for beginning programmers: Dim var = 2 var = 2 * 4.5 This will result in an error, because even though we may have wanted var to be of type Double, but we did not control what type it was given initially, and it was inferred to by of type Integer. To disallow this type inference (implicit typing, or duck typing) add Option Infer Off to the top of the program.