[fpc-pascal] even linus torvalds prefer pascal over c

John Coppens john at jcoppens.com
Sat Dec 2 16:18:05 CET 2006

On Sat, 02 Dec 2006 08:01:04 -0500
David Mears <david.mears at suddenlink.net> wrote:

>  From the first pascal program that I wrote in the late 80s to today, 
> I've only used Goto once and that was because I was still learning the 
> language - it was essentially a repeat loop and I replaced it in later 
> versions.

Same here...

But, I wonder. With modern optimizing compilers doing almost what they
want with the original source code, I'm quite sure some semantic
optimiser will replace parts of codes by goto's anyway. So why would it
ever be necessary to worry about optimising the source code with
'spaghetti' code, as we are shifting the responsability for optimising
execution to the compiler writers anyway?

If fact, if the optimiser is good, spaghetti (goto-)programs and 'nice'
code should generate the same executable anyway, shouldn't they? So,
doesn't it make sense to try and make the source as readable as possible?

(Which is why I use Pascal in the first place - without gotos)


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