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On Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 09:41:17PM -0500, Rici Lake wrote:
> Indeed, leading to anti-self-documenting code. I've seen the same thing 
> in
> C, occasionally preceded with a comment like "this 'do' is only to 
> allow the
> use of 'break´". I've always thought that it would be better to use a 
> goto
> in such cases, since (may I not be smitten by Djikstra's ghost) a 
> 'goto' with
> a well-chosen label is easier to understand than a misused iteration 
> construct.

This practice is very clear to me, and seems just as self-documenting as
an equivalent goto; I consider this construct obvious enough to not need
a comment.

The main problem I have with goto is that it's poorly scoped: there's no
way of knowing, reading a label, how flow arrives there; I have to scour
the function.  It's immediately clear to me, however, that the only ordinary
way to reach a while(0) is from within the block; there's no chance that
something before or after might also (intentionally or not) go there.
This is a measurable advantage in clarity to me.

By the way, not wrapping the last word or two of lines would make your
mails somewhat more, er, self-documenting.  :)

Glenn Maynard