On 03/21/2014 06:09 PM, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> Eric Sunshine <sunsh...@sunshineco.com> writes:
>> Sorry, you're right about message[0] case not being a crasher (though
>> the assert() still seems overkill).
> Assert() often becomes no-op in production build.  I think this may
> be an indication that "table-driven" may not be as good an approach
> as many candidates thought.  The microproject suggestion asks them
> to think _if_ that makes sense, and it is perfectly fine for them if
> they answer "no, it introduces more problems than it solves".

My expectation when I invented that microproject was that converting the
code to be table-driven would be judged *not* to be an improvement.  I
was hoping that a student would say "the 'if' statement is OK, but let's
delete this ridiculous unreachable else branch".  Possibly they would
convert the "if" chain into nested "if"s, which I think would allow some
code consolidation in one of the branches.

But not a single student agreed with me, so I must be in a minority of
one (which, unfortunately, is the definition of lunacy).

The multidimensional array lookup table is not so terrible, but I
personally still prefer the "if".


Michael Haggerty
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