 # Lesson 15 Looping

In Visual Basic 2019, looping involves a  procedure that runs iteratively until a certain condition is met. For example, we can design a program that adds a series of numbers until the sum exceeds a certain value. You can also create a VB 2019 program that asks the user to enter data repeatedly until he or she enters the word 'Finish'.  There are three types of Loops, namely the For…..Next loop, the Do loop, and the While…..End While loop

### 15.1 For….Next Loop

The structure of the For...Next loop is as shown below:

```For counter=startNumber to endNumber (Step increment)

One or more statements

Next
```

In order to exit a For…..Next Loop, you can place the Exit For statement within the loop. It is usually used together with the If….Then statement. For its application, you can refer to example 15.1 d.

#### Example 15.1 a

```Dim counter as Integer
For counter=1 to 10
Next
```
* The program will enter number 1 to 10 into the list box.

#### Example 15.1b

The following program will calculate the sum of the numbers 0+10+20+30+40+……+100
```Dim counter , sum As Integer
For counter=1 to 100 step 10
sum+=counter
Next
```

#### Example 15.1c

This program will compute a series of subtractions as follow:

1000-100-95-90-………-5. In this case, the increment is negative.

```Dim counter, sum As Integer
sum = 1000
For counter = 100 To 5 Step -5
sum – = counter
Next
```

#### Example 15.1d

This program uses Exit ...For to escape the loop when n is greater than 6.

```Dim n as Integer
For n=1 to 10
If n>6 then
Exit For
End If
Else
Next
End If
Next
```

### 15.2 Do Loop

In VB2019, there are several  Do Loop structures, as shown below:

```a) Do While condition
Block of one or more statements
Loop

b) Do
Block of one or more statements
Loop While condition

c) Do Until condition
Block of one or more  statements
Loop

d) Do
Block of one or more statements
Loop Until condition
```

We can also use Exit Do to escape the loop.

Let' s examine the following examples:

#### Example 15.2(a)

In this example, the procedure will keep on adding the initial number by 1 until it exceeds 1000.

```Do while counter <=1000
TextBox1.Text=counter
counter +=1
Loop
```

We can rewrite the procedure above and achieve the same result. The code is shown as follows:

```Do
TextBox1.Text=counter
counter+=1
Loop until counter>1000
```

#### Example 15.2(b)

In this example, the procedure will generate two series in a list box. The first series starts with 1 and end with 100. The second series sums up the numbers in the first series. The process stops when it has repeated 100 times.

```Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
Dim sum, n As Integer
Do
n += 1
sum += n
If n >10 Then
Exit Do
End If
Loop
End Sub
```

* The loop in the above example can be replaced by the following loop:

```Do Until n = 100
n += 1
sum += n
Loop
```

The output is as shown in Figure 15.1

### 15.3 While....End While Loop

The structure of a While….End While Loop is very similar to the Do Loop. it takes the following form:

```While conditions
statements
End While
```

#### Example 15.3

```Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
Dim sum, n As Integer