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Infinite loop: for() vs. while()

 

To drive an infinite loop, skip the condition, so WinRunner is not forced to evaluate it. An infinite loop will have another condition inside the loop to break the loop; why evaluate two conditions when only one matters? While speed is often not a concern in running a test script, it's still a good idea to develop the habit of writing efficient code.

The standard in C/C++ is a for loop with no condition:

for( ; ; )
{
}

WinRunner users often recommend using a condition that will always return TRUE to drive an infinite loop. One of the most common examples is this, with a while loop:

while(0<1)
{
}

This certainly works. However, each time the while() executes, the condition must be evaluated. The for() executes more efficiently, because it has no condition to be evaluated.



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