Microsoft ® Small Basic. Branches and Subroutines. Estimated time to complete this lesson: 1 hour. Code Branches and Subroutines. In this lesson, you will learn how to:. Create subroutines by using Sub and EndSub statements. Branch your code by using Goto statements.
Branches and Subroutines
Estimated time to complete this lesson: 1 hour
In this lesson, you will learn how to:
Branch your code by using Goto statements.
You can instruct the computer to process a line of code out of sequence if you use the Gotostatement.
Sometimes, you may want the computer to break the flow and jump to another line of code while the program is running.
As you know, the computer runs a program by reading and processing the statements line by line, one at a time.
Let’s examine the Goto statement and its various parts by writing a program.
In this program, the lineQ: statement is called a label, which is similar to a bookmark. You can add as many labels as you want and name them whatever you want, as long as you don’t use the same name more than once.
The Goto statement instructs the computer to run the statements after the lineQ: label again only if the condition in the If statement is true.
You can also use the Goto statement to make a program run forever.
Let’s see how Goto statements work by adding one to a familiar program.
This program will continue to run until someone clicks the Close (X) button in the top-right corner of the text window.
When we write programs, we often want the computer to run certain statements more than once. You can avoid writing the same statements over and over if you use subroutines in your programs.
By using a subroutine, you can run one or more statements with a single instruction. To create a subroutine, you use the Sub keyword, and then you give the subroutine a specific name. You end the subroutine by using the EndSub keyword.
Look at the following subroutine named PrintHour, which opens a text window and displays the current hour.
Let’s gain a better understanding of subroutines by writing another program…
In this program, we use the Divide( ) statement torun (or “call”) the subroutine Divide from any location within the program.
Congratulations! Now you know how to:
Write a program that opens a text window and then performs the following steps: