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Coming from a embedded back ground, GOTO maps directly to JMP! write assembly without JMP. Like you said I battled with object oriented code that is c*ap but well structured. I like anything don't blame the tools, blame the tool using the tool!
In high level languages... Ok, maybe you have more possibilities and you should avoid using goto's
But try to programm in Assembly, in PLC LAD or other similar "low" level languages without it.
It is like many other things. Use it wisely and there would be no problems. Abuse or misuse it... and you will burn in hell (or you will be damned and sent to hell by the people who inherit your code)
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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1. Create a workflow manager using generics, interfaces, class abstraction, enums for state and continuation.
2. Break up your code into small workflow steps.
3. On each step, check for termination.
4. Or to get really fancy, return a code that says what step in the workflow to skip to.
5. If you really want to be cool, allow for async workflow steps!
<snicker> I started coding in SuperBase, GOTO and GOSUB were standard and recommended constructs. Transitioning to VB in the 90's was no benefit. It was only when I started using c# that I abandoned them completely.
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These days the "goto" is back, I find this very unfortunate.
Every time someone writes a RETURN or a BREAK statement, he/she is actually writing a GOTO
And the worse thing about it is that this is encouraged these days...
The GOTO statement used to be pure evil. In BASIC it used to go to a line number. Not very easy to understand what it is intended to be doing at the best of times. Add in the fact that you could renumber every line in the program with the RENUMBER command and the GOTO statements would not update to reflect the line number changes and you have GOTO hell. (Not to mention that a lot of versions of BASIC at the time had missing features, for example procedures, functions, while loops, repeat loops.)
These days with the GOTO statement going to a label it has had it's teeth filed and, while not a common feature is nothing to be afraid of.