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Date: Wed, 18 Jan 89 00:19:21 EST
From: attcan!utzoo!henry@uunet.UU.NET
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

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