tight loopBASIC loop that counts upward indefinitely
10 i = i + 1 20 GOTO 10Run on a single-user system such as MS-DOS this will not cause any problems. Run on a cooperative multitasking operating system such as Windows 3, the system would appear to freeze. A pre-emptive multitasking operating system such as UNIX or Windows NT would "steal" cycles away from the program and continue to run other programs. See also busy-wait and multitasking.
Last updated: 1999-05-06