Use this statement to provide repeated execution of a statement or compound statement.
The WHILE conditional affects the execution of only a single SQL statement, unless statements are grouped into a compound statement between the keywords BEGIN and END.
The BREAK statement and CONTINUE statement can be used to control execution of the statements in the compound statement. The BREAK statement terminates the loop, and execution resumes after the END keyword marking the end of the loop. The CONTINUE statement causes the WHILE loop to restart, skipping any statements after the CONTINUE.
SQL/2003 Transact-SQL extension.
The following code illustrates the use of WHILE:
WHILE ( SELECT AVG(UnitPrice) FROM Products ) < $30 BEGIN UPDATE Products SET UnitPrice = UnitPrice + 2 IF ( SELECT MAX(UnitPrice) FROM Products ) > $50 BREAK END
The BREAK statement breaks the WHILE loop if the most expensive product has a price above $50. Otherwise, the loop continues until the average price is greater than or equal to $30.
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