REPeat identifier or

REPeat [identifier](SMS only)



The SuperBASIC REPeat loop is extremely flexible and provides an alternative to the classic FOR loop.

It sets up a perpetual loop which can only be ended (correctly) by means of the EXIT command. The syntax of this SuperBASIC structure can take two forms:

REPeat identifier :statement *[:statement]*


REPeat identifier *[statements]* … [EXIT identifier] [NEXT identifier] … END REPeat identifier

The first of these variants is known as an in-line REPeat loop. Provided that there is at least one statement following REPeat, this line will be repeated forever (unless there is an EXIT statement - see below). There is no need for a related END REPeat statement and therefore the shortest (practicable) in-line REPeat loop possible is:

REPeat loop: IF INKEY$=' ' THEN EXIT loop

If an in-line loop is terminated with EXIT, control will be passed to the statement following the corresponding END REPeat statement (if one exists), or the next program line. This allows the following:

REPeat loop: IF INKEY$=' ':EXIT loop: END REPeat loop: PRINT 'Phew!'

EXIT is used (in both REPeat loops and FOR loops) to terminate the loop, and the next statement which will be processed is the first statement after the corresponding END REPeat (if one exists).

NEXT forces the program to make another pass of the loop, returning program control to the statement following REPeat.


A short FuNction which waits for a key to be pressed which can be <ESC> or any key listed in a string passed as the parameter, and returns the CODE of the key pressed:

100 DEFine FuNction Getkey(key$)
105   LOCal loop,k$
110   REPeat loop
120     k$=INKEY$:IF k$='':NEXT loop
130     IF k$ INSTR key$&CHR$(27):RETurn CODE(k$)
140   END REPeat loop
150 END DEFine


The loop identifier must be a floating-point, except under Minerva or SMS. However, if the loop identifier is also used as a variable in the program, its value will not be altered by the REPeat / END REPeat / EXIT / NEXT statements. It can therefore still be used as a variable within the loop without any problems.


It is actually possible to force a NEXT loop from outside of the loop, for example in a program such as:

100 REPeat Getkey
110   AT 0,0:PRINT 'Looping'
120   a$=INKEY$:IF a$='':NEXT Getkey
130   PRINT a$
140   IF a$=='x':EXIT Getkey
150 END REPeat Getkey
155 :
160 PRINT 'You have decided to leave the loop'
170 PRINT 'Press a key to return to it'
190 CLS
195 :
200 NEXT Getkey

This is however very bad programming style and should be avoided. It makes it very difficult to follow programs and no SuperBASIC compilers would be able to make sense of it. The above program should be re-written:

100 REPeat Getkey
110   AT 0,0:PRINT 'Looping'
120   a$=INKEY$:IF a$='':NEXT Getkey
130   PRINT a$
140   IF a$=='x'
150     PRINT 'You are now still in the loop'
160     PRINT 'Press a key to restart it'
170     PAUSE
180     CLS
190   END IF
200 END REPeat Getkey


This allows string REPeat loops and integer REPeat loops, although the use of the former is dubious. You can of course still use the identifiers within the loop as variables. Integer REPeat loops do not seem to be any quicker than floating point loops.

If you do use a string identifier, Minerva restricts such strings to a maximum of four characters. If the string identifier is defined as a variable beforehand, it will be truncated if necessary - for example, try:

a$='Hello World': REPeat a$: PRINT a$ and a$='': REPeat a$: a$ = a$ & 'x': PRINT a$

String and integer REPeat loops will not safely work on other ROMs (except under SMS), even if they will let you type them in!


Like Minerva, SMS allows string REPeat loops and integer REPeat loops. However, SMS does not restrict the length of a string loop identifier (except to the normal string length limit of 32767 characters). SMS also allows you to omit the loop identifier, in which case the relative EXIT, NEXT and END REPeat statements must also omit the loop identifier. This flexibility brings this command more in line with other implementations of BASIC. Error trapping of incorrectly structured REPeat loops is also improved - please refer to NEXT and END REPeat.


FOREND FOR is the other loop type.