7.5 DO Constructs

The DO construct controls the repeated execution of a block of statements or constructs. (This repeated execution is called a loop.)

The number of iterations of a loop can be specified in the initial DO statement in the construct, or the number of iterations can be left indefinite by a simple DO ("DO forever") construct or DO WHILE statement.

The EXIT and CYCLE statements modify the execution of a loop. An EXIT statement terminates execution of a loop, while a CYCLE statement terminates execution of the current iteration of a loop. For example:

  IF (IOS /= 0) EXIT
  IF (Y <0) cycle
  call sub_a(y)
end do

If an error or end-of-file occurs, the DO construct terminates. If a negative value for Y is read, the program skips to the next READ statement.

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