[TUHS] origin of string.h and ctype.h

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Sun Aug 13 15:43:22 AEST 2017

On Sat, 12 Aug 2017, Steve Johnson wrote:

> A little Googling shows that the IF I mentioned was called the 
> "arithmetic IF".

Ah yes.  It was in FORTRAN II, as I recall.

> There was also a Computed GOTO that branched to one of N labels
> depending on the value of the expression.

I think that was still in FORTRAN IV?

> And an Assigned GOTO whose main use, as I remember, was to allow for 
> error recovery when a subroutine failed...

A real ugly statement; you assigned a statement number to a variable, then 
did a sort of indirect GOTO (or did the compiler recognise "GOTO I")?

How those poor devils ever debugged their code with such monstrous 
constructions I'll never know.

Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."

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