Re: How to jump out of several nested control structures?

Thomas Hawtin <>
Sat, 21 Oct 2006 12:39:37 +0100
Mark Rafn wrote:

That said, it can be abused. I've seen code that contained
  do {
      if (!something) break;
      more stuff;
  } while (false);

As a way to avoid putting "more stuff" into a separate method because there
were a lot of local variables that would have to be passed in and out.

Code like this can often be written more sensibly. But if the programmer
thought it not worth the costs of splitting into a separate method, the
technique doesn't seem completely unreasonable. (For the record I almost
did it once that I remember. I then just rearranged the code into a
clearer form.)

BTW, you don't need the do while false;:

     block: {
         if (!something) {
             break block; /***/
         more stuff;

FWIW: I think all break statements should have labels (although that is
unidiomatic) and continue should be outlawed (although I used it in an
interview the other week). Oh, and nested loops tend to be an indicator
that your method is getting a bit long (2D structures excepted).

Tom Hawtin

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