I'll second Allen Egerton's "left over from Prime Information" theory. I distinctly remember being told that indirect subroutine calls were measurably faster way back in my days at Prime.

Wjhonson wrote:
I've not encountered this is my career previously, but now I'm seeing a system 
written almost entirely with the use of indirect calls in Universe BASIC.

That is
SOURCE = "*SOME.PROGRAM"
...
CALL @SOURCE(INPUTS)

Is there some advantage to the use of indirect calls that a system would be 
written entirely in this fashion?


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