The CONTINUE statement causes the loop to skip the remainder of its body and immediately retest its condition prior to reiterating. In other words, it forces the next iteration of the loop to take place, skipping any code in between.
The syntax for a CONTINUE statement is as follows −
DECLARE a number(2) := 10; BEGIN -- while loop execution WHILE a < 20 LOOP dbms_output.put_line ('value of a: ' || a); a := a + 1; IF a = 15 THEN -- skip the loop using the CONTINUE statement a := a + 1; CONTINUE; END IF; END LOOP; END; /
When the above code is executed at the SQL prompt, it produces the following result −
value of a: 10 value of a: 11 value of a: 12 value of a: 13 value of a: 14 value of a: 16 value of a: 17 value of a: 18 value of a: 19 PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.