Date: Wed, 18 Jan 89 00:19:21 EST
Subject: Re: Losing systems -- and Structured Programming
It is worth remembering that the original meaning of "structured programming"
followed the English usage in which "structured" means, approximately,
"organized", and that the usage or non-usage of certain control constructs was
suggested as a means to that end, not an end in itself. One can often get a
good laugh by doing a global substitution of "organized" for "structured" in a
pronunciamento from either side -- it tends to make both sides' arguments sound
ridiculous. As it should: it is silly to confuse organization with a list of
permitted constructs, and equally silly to criticize the desire for
well-organized code on the basis of such confusion.
Henry Spencer at U of Toronto Zoology