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End Loop

Declaration

</AMLOOP>

See Also

Loop | End Loop | Loop Files | Loop Windows | Loop Processes | Loop Expression | Loop Dataset | Loop List | Loop List Control | Loop Processes | Loop Tree Control | Loop Windows | Break

Description

Marks the end of a block of steps that is to be looped by any of the AutoMate Loop actions.

NOTE: By default, all loop actions added to the Steps pane are automatically followed by a an End Loop action. However, you can disable this option under the Task Builder Editor options.

Practical Usage

Used with any loop step to mark the end of the block of steps to be looped during runtime.

Parameters

General Properties

No parameters.

Description Properties

The Description tab allows you to customize the text description of any step as it appears in the Task Builder's Steps Pane.

More on setting custom step description

Error Causes Properties

The Error Causes tab properties lets you instruct a task step to react only to specific errors or ignore certain errors that should cause it to fail.

More on Error Causes properties

On Error Properties

The On Error tab properties lets you determine what the task should do if a particular step encounters an error as defined in the Error Causes properties.

More about On Error properties

Additional Notes

Expressions, Variables & Functions

A percent sign is used as a special character in AutoMate to indicate the beginning and end of an expression. This allows variables, functions and other expressions to be entered in any text parameter of a task's properties. For example: %1+1% inside a task will resolve to 2 at runtime. A more elaborate example is %FileDateTime(myFile)% which results to the date/time of myFile. To help construct expressions, you can open Expression Builder by clicking the Insert Expression (%) button or by pressing F2.

More on expressions

More on variables

More on functions

More on extended functions
More on the expression builder

Example

NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.

 

Sample Task 1 - Loop action used to loop a total of 5 times. A Message Box is contained inside the Loop/End Loop block to display the sequencing of each iteration.

 

<AMVARIABLE NAME="theCounter"></AMVARIABLE>

<AMLOOP TOTALLOOPS="5" RESULTVARIABLE="theCounter">

     <AMMESSAGEBOX>This is iteration number %theCounter%.</AMMESSAGEBOX>

</AMLOOP>

 

 

Sample Task 2 - Loop action used to loop through a range with the starting index set to 1 and the ending index set to 10. The number by which the index is increased by is set to 3. A Message Box is contained in the body of the loop to display the current index during each iteration.

 

<AMVARIABLE NAME="theCounter"></AMVARIABLE>

<AMLOOP FROM="1" TO="10" STEP="3" RESULTVARIABLE="theCounter">

     <AMMESSAGEBOX>This is index %theCounter%.</AMMESSAGEBOX>

</AMLOOP>

 

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