<programming> A loop
of code that executes without releasing any resources to other programs or the operating system
Consider the following pointless BASIC
loop that counts upward indefinitely
10 i = i + 1 20 GOTO 10
Run 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