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COBOL General discussion FAQ

NEXT SENTENCE vs CONTINUE

What is CONTINUE? by k5tm
Posted: 26 Apr 02

CONTINUE is a real COBOL statement that has no effect upon the execution of the program.

CONTINUE is most useful within a conditional phrase of another statement when no action is desired when the condition occurs (that is, correct COBOL syntax requires a statement even though the programmer wants nothing done).

READ MASTER-FILE
  AT END
    IF TOTAL-RECORD-COUNT > 0
        CONTINUE
    ELSE
        PERFORM PROCESS-EMPTY-FILE
    END-IF
    SET MASTER-AT-END TO TRUE
  NOT AT END
    ADD 1 TO TOTAL-RECORD-COUNT
END-READ


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