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Java, A Beginner’s Guide, 5th Edition by Herbert Schildt

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Use break as a Form of goto

In addition to its uses with the switch statement and loops, the break statement can be employed by itself to provide a “civilized” form of the goto statement. Java does not have a goto statement, because it provides an unstructured way to alter the flow of program execution. Programs that make extensive use of the goto are usually hard to understand and hard to maintain. There are, however, a few places where the goto is a useful and legitimate device. For example, the goto can be helpful when exiting from a deeply nested set of loops. To handle such situations, Java defines an expanded form of the break statement. By using this form of break, you can, for example, break out of one or more blocks of code. These blocks ...

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