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Re: problems/risks due to programming language, stories requested
From dave@micropen (David F. Carlson):
>> For what it's worth, my personal opinion is that C lends itself to
>> precisely the kinds of errors noted above--when does break work and when
>> doesn't it, and why in God's name do you need it in switch statements in
>> the first place, etc.
> A multi-case switch is very handy in many situations to reduce identical
> treatments for similar cases.
So is a multi-alternative case, as provided by Ada:
case Foo is
when 1 | 3 | 5 =>
when 2 | 4 | 6 =>
when others =>
The difference is that Ada takes care of exiting the case statement
for you, whereas C requires (unsafely) that you use a break to avoid
being sucked into the code associated with subsequent cases.
Bill Wolfe, email@example.com