With each iteration of the basic
LOOP statement, its statements run and control returns to the top of the loop. The
LOOP statement ends when a statement inside the loop transfers control outside the loop or raises an exception.
To prevent an infinite loop, at least one statement must transfer control outside the loop. The statements that can transfer control outside the loop are:
Labels improve readability, especially when
LOOP statements are nested, but only if you ensure that the label in the
LOOP statement matches a label at the beginning of the same
LOOP statement (the compiler does not check).
Example 1-2, "Processing Query Result Rows One at a Time"
Example 4-9, "Basic LOOP Statement with EXIT Statement"
Example 4-10, "Basic LOOP Statement with EXIT WHEN Statement"
Example 4-11, "Nested, Labeled Basic LOOP Statements with EXIT WHEN Statements"
Example 4-13, "CONTINUE Statement in Basic LOOP Statement"
Example 4-14, "CONTINUE WHEN Statement in Basic LOOP Statement"