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Re: GOTO considered (a necessary) evil?

by FoxtrotUniform (Prior)
on Jul 15, 2002 at 15:08 UTC ( #181806=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to GOTO considered (a necessary) evil?

In this case, I'm not particularly inclined to complain about the goto, though I find an explicit loop a bit easier to read (in that the branching structure's fairly well-defined; when I see a label, I look through all the applicable code for gotos, even if I'm fairly sure that there won't be more than the obvious one).

In my experience, the "goto EVIL!" meme is propagated either by well-meaning but naive instructors who don't want to "confuse" beginning programmers with the vagaries of when gotos are appropriate, but don't want their students picking up bad habits, or by cargo-cult instructors who were taught that goto is uniformly bad, didn't bother to question the statement, and go on to teach others. Either way, it's irritating, but probably a net win.

The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!

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