[linux-elitists] Harmful things according to google.

Jan Wender j.wender@science-computing.de
Thu Jan 9 23:43:47 PST 2003


On Thu, Jan 09, 2003 at 10:10:35PM -0800, Sean Neakums wrote:
> >   Google "Edsger Wybe Dijkstra": he's the one who said it.
> 
> Yes, yes he did.
> 
> goto is an excellent way to move error code out of the fast path,
> something that is quite important in the real world, where machines
> run programs at a finite speed that is always Too Slow.

A rather complete discussion of this is in Donald E. Knuth's 1974 paper
"Structured Programming with go to Statements", online at
http://pplab.snu.ac.kr/courses/PL2001/papers/p261-knuth.pdf

In this he also considers something like exceptions.

Cheerio,
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