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JavaScript: Do While Loop

We learned about while loops in the previous blog post. Loops allow us to repeat the same action multiple times.

The key difference between a while and a do-while loop is that the former evaluates the end condition before running the body. In contrast, the latter evaluate it at the end of body execution.

Why does this matter?

While while-loop is evaluating it in the beginning, if the condition is false, the body does not get executed. The do-while ensures body execution once because of the expression evaluation at the end.

A while loop looks like

while(condition) { // If condition is false to start with, this loop will never run.
    // loop body
    // counter++

A do-while loop looks like

do {
    statement // This statement will execute at least once before the execution of the condition below!
while (condition);

Example of a do while loop:

let i = 0;
do {
    console.log(i); // 0, by the time condition gets evaluated this variable gets printed to the console.
} while (i != 0);

Top comments (2)

yusufcodes profile image

Nice little post on do-while

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Parwinder πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’»

Thank you! When I’m having a productive day I write long detailed posts about Observables and Closures and what not. When it’s a day to relax, I whip out a small post πŸ˜‰