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Java: The Complete Reference™, Eighth Edition by Herbert Schildt

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CHAPTER 5Control Statements

A programming language uses control statements to cause the flow of execution to advance and branch based on changes to the state of a program. Java’s program control statements can be put into the following categories: selection, iteration, and jump. Selection statements allow your program to choose different paths of execution based upon the outcome of an expression or the state of a variable. Iteration statements enable program execution to repeat one or more statements (that is, iteration statements form loops). Jump statements allow your program to execute in a nonlinear fashion. All of Java’s control statements are examined here.

Java’s Selection Statements

Java supports two selection statements: if and switch ...

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