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The only time that recursion is actually useful is when you're branching out.

I think you maybe have the "usefulness" of recursion confused with the "misuse of an un-optimized implementation of recursion in a language compiler".

Just because most C compilers inefficiently implement recursion and many other C based languages do not fix this problem does not mean it is a lost cause. If you look at the compiler technology underlying recent implementations of Standard ML, Haskell or Scheme you will see that recursion can be implemented efficiently.


In reply to Re^2: Behold! The power of recursion. by stvn
in thread Behold! The power of recursion. by DigitalKitty

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