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Dean F
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe one of you "skilled" scripters wouldn't mind posting why GOTO's are so evil so the rest of us "non-quals" can learn from your wisdom. Wink


-Dean F. Arrow Another ex-Coner and Target Hunter.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read for example Starting Out: The Great Goto Debate or Go To Statement Considered Harmful. There are a lot more articles about this on the web.
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Dean F
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 3:56 pm    Post subject: GOTO - The Good and Evil Reply with quote

Thanks! That helps confirm what I was suspecting in why GOTO's are considered to be evil by some. And I can totally see why.

I specifically like the following lines from Starting Out: The Great Goto Debate (http://www.atarimagazines.com/v5n6/GOTODebate.html). This is what drove it home for me. Idea
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None of us is perfect, so we make mistakes. And other people cannot read our minds. This is an important point, because computer programs are nothing more than the crystallization of the programmer's thought processes saved on disk.

Think about that for a second. It is the programmer who must break each task down into its various parts and then select the appropriate machine instructions which appear to accomplish the job.

One of the beautiful aspects of programming computers is that for any problem, there are at least as many solutions as there are programmers working on it. An answer that seems perfectly clear to you could stop other programmers dead in their tracks. There must be some way to group instructions together so that someone else can follow the original programmer's thoughts without undue confusion.

I hope others can learn something from this. Mr. Green

Thanks again for everyone's assistance,

-Dean F.
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