Technical correspondence

  title={Technical correspondence},
  author={Diane Crawford},
  • Diane Crawford
  • Published in CACM 1992
  • I n 1968 Edsgar Dijkstra, prominent computer scientist from the Netherlands, published his comment in the Communications , "GO TO Statement Considered Harmful" (Mar. p. 147). The central assertion of his article fomented a revolution in the way people thought about programming. It also launched a kind of "inquisition," during which software grammarians sought to ex-purgate GO TO statements in much the same way well-meaning censors bowdlerize salacious literature. Cobol programmers were among… CONTINUE READING