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GOTO statement

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Hey, we don't judge anyone. You have your reasons for using this statement.

In the previous section, we introduced labels. Now we make use of them. For instance, to conditionally skip a set of statements. Or to simplify the example, to inconditionally skip them:

-- PL/SQL
BEGIN
  INSERT INTO t (col) VALUES (1);
  GOTO l1;
  INSERT INTO t (col) VALUES (2);
  
  <<l1>>
  INSERT INTO t (col) VALUES (3);
END;
// All dialects
Label l1 = label("l1");

begin(
  insertInto(T).columns(T.COL).values(1),
  goto_(l1),
  insertInto(T).columns(T.COL).values(2),
  l1.label(insertInto(T).columns(T.COL).values(3))
)

Some dialects (e.g. T-SQL) may implement "full GOTO" in the ways that are generally not really helping readability or maintainability of code, namely the idea that GOTO can be used to jump into any arbitrary scope that should not be reachable through ordinary control flow. This is not possible in other languages, like PL/SQL, and currently cannot be emulated by jOOQ.

Notice that goto is a reserved keyword in the Java language, so the jOOQ API cannot use it as a method name. We've suffixed such conflicts with an underscore: goto_().

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