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JavaScript - While Loop



A loop statement allows a program to execute a given block of codes repeatedly under a given condition. This enables a programmer to write programs in fewer lines of code and enhance the code readability. JavaScript has following types of loop to handle the looping requirements:

The While Loop

A while loop allows a set of statements to be executed repeatedly until a given condition is true. The while loop can be viewed as a repeating if statement.

Syntax

while (condition) {
  statements;
}

Flow Diagram:

JavaScript While Loop

In below mentioned example, program uses while loop to sum all integers from 1 to 5.

var i = 0;
var sum = 0;
var txt;

while (i <= 5) {
  sum = sum + i;
  i++;
}

txt = "Sum is: " + sum; 

The output (value of txt) after running above script will be:

Sum is: 15

The Do-While Loop

The do-while loop is a variant of while loop which execute statements before checking the conditions. Therefore the do-while loop executes statements at least once.

Syntax

do {
  statements;
}
while (condition);

Flow Diagram:

JavaScript Do-While Loop

In the example below, even if the condition is not fulfilled, the do-while loop executes the statements once.

var i = 10;
var sum = 0;
var txt;

do {
  sum = sum + i;
  i = i+1;
}
while (i <= 5);
 
txt = "Sum is: " + sum; 

The output (value of txt) after running above script will be:

Sum is: 10

While Loop over an array

In the example below an while loop is iterated over an array to collect the value of all elements.

var colors = ["Blue", "Red", "Green"];
var i = 0;
var txt = "";

while (colors[i]) {
  txt = txt + colors[i] + "<br>";
  i++;
}

The output (value of txt) after running above script will be:

Blue
Red
Green

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