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Basic Concepts of Programming

Understanding Control Structures in Programming

programming language construct that performs actions according to boolean conditions

Programming language construct that performs actions according to boolean conditions.

Control structures are fundamental concepts in programming that allow the flow of a program to be controlled and manipulated. They are used to perform different actions based on different conditions and allow a program to repeat a block of code multiple times. This article will cover the main types of control structures: conditional statements and looping structures.

Conditional Statements

Conditional statements are used to perform different actions based on different conditions. They are the way we make decisions in our code. The most common types of conditional statements are if, else, and switch.

If Statement

The if statement is used to specify a block of code to be executed if a specified condition is true.

if condition: # code to be executed if condition is true

Else Statement

The else statement is used to specify a block of code to be executed if the same condition is false.

if condition: # code to be executed if condition is true else: # code to be executed if condition is false

Switch Statement

The switch statement is used to select one of many code blocks to be executed. It's like a more efficient form of the if-else statement when dealing with multiple conditions. Note that not all programming languages support the switch statement.

switch(expression) { case x: // code block break; case y: // code block break; default: // code block }

Looping Structures

Looping structures are used when we need to execute a block of code several times. The most common types of loops are for, while, and do-while.

For Loop

The for loop is used when you know in advance how many times the script should run.

for variable in sequence: # code to be executed for each item in sequence

While Loop

The while loop is used when you want to repeat a piece of code as long as a condition is true.

while condition: # code to be executed while condition is true

Do-While Loop

The do-while loop is a variant of the while loop, which tests the condition at the end of the loop. This means that the loop will always be executed at least once, even if the condition is false. Note that not all programming languages support the do-while loop.

do { // code block } while (condition);

Break and Continue

Break and continue are used to control the flow of loops. The break statement is used to exit the loop prematurely when a certain condition is met. The continue statement skips the current iteration of the loop and continues with the next one.

Understanding and using control structures effectively is a key skill in programming. They allow us to create dynamic and interactive programs that can make decisions and perform tasks repeatedly.