Java Continue Control Statements


The continue statement makes a loop skip all the following lines after the continue and jump ahead to the beginning of the next iteration. In a for loop, control jumps to the update statement, and in a while or do while loop, control jumps to the boolean expression/condition.

for (int j = 0; j < 10; j++) { if (j == 5) { continue; } System.out.print (j + " "); }

The value of j will be printed for each iteration, except when it is equal to 5. The print statement will get skipped because of the continue and the output will be:

0 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9

Say you want to count the number of is in a the word mississippi. Here you could use a loop with the continue statement, as follows:

String searchWord = "mississippi"; // max stores the length of the string int max = searchWord.length(); int numPs = 0; for (int i = 0; i < max; i++) { // We only want to count i's - skip other letters if (searchWord.charAt(i) != 'i') { continue; } // Increase count_i for each i encountered numPs++; } System.out.println("numPs = " + numPs);

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Additionally, you can use labels to choose a specific loop out of a nested set to skip to the next iteration.

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