Considered Harmful

Considered Harmful

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. In computer science and related disciplines, considered harmful is a phrase popularly used in the titles of diatribes and other critical essays. It was popularized by Edsger Dijkstra's letter Go To Statement Considered Harmful, published in the March 1968 Communications of the ACM, in which he criticized the excessive use of the GOTO statement in programming languages of the day and advocated structured programming instead. The original title of the letter, as submitted to CACM, was A Case Against the Goto Statement, but CACM editor Niklaus Wirth changed the title to the now immortalized Go To Statement Considered Harmful. Regarding this new title, Donald Knuth quipped that "Dr. Goto cheerfully complained that he was always being eliminated."
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 118g
  • Tract
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136284901
  • 9786136284903