Many years ago, MV developers were taught not to use CASE as on the old PICK
machines they evaluated much (much) slower than the equivalent IFs -
probably a bad compiler job. So you ended up with hideous nested IF
statements that became practically unreadable.

My personal preference has always been to use CASE as it's much clearer,
especially when you start getting complex logic in-between. The only thing I
generally change is the traditional use of CASE 1 as the fall through
option, by equating OTHER to @TRUE so I can use Case OTHER.

And multi-line Ifs that are easier to follow in the debugger, especially if
you want to place a break point on either branch.

And in Will's example, it's all the same to the compiler.

As an extreme example, I once picked up some third party code written on a
McD machine. Every routine was written so it could fit on a single page of
an 80x24 terminal, including (which McD allowed) having labels in the middle
of a physical line (semi-colon delimited statements). And having to debug
that.

Brian

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:u2-users-boun...@listserver.u2ug.org] On Behalf Of Symeon Breen
Sent: 20 April 2012 09:45
To: 'U2 Users List'
Subject: Re: [U2] Case Statement with only two cases

Or perhaps there were more cases in there, and over the years they have been
deleted. The last programmer to have done a  deletion probably should have
turned it into an if - but I don't think it really matters, any professional
programmer can figure out what it means in less than a  second ;)



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[mailto:u2-users-boun...@listserver.u2ug.org] On Behalf Of Dave Laansma
Sent: 19 April 2012 20:57
To: U2 Users List
Subject: Re: [U2] Case Statement with only two cases

Logically they are clearly the same. It just depends on what the programmer
had in mind for the future of 'A'.

Sincerely,
David Laansma
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Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:52 PM
To: u2-users@listserver.u2ug.org
Subject: [U2] Case Statement with only two cases


Is there a point in code like this

BEGIN CASE
   CASE A = "TEST"; GOSUB DO.SOMETHING
   CASE 1; GOSUB DO.SOMETHING.ELSE
END CASE

versus this

IF A = "TEST" THEN GOSUB DO.SOMETHING ELSE GOSUB DO.SOMETHING.ELSE

Personally I see no advantage in making this a  CASE

Does the rest of the *Universe* agree with me?
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