Unusual Control Structures


  • Are gotos used only as a last resort, and then only to make code more readable and maintainable?
  • If a goto is used for the sake of efficiency, has the gain in efficiency been measured and documented?
  • Are gotos limited to one label per routine?
  • Do all gotos go forward, not backward?
  • Are all goto labels used?


  • Does each routine use the minimum number of returns possible?
  • Do returns enhance readability?


  • Does the recursive routine include code to stop the recursion?
  • Does the routine use a safety counter to guarantee the routine stops?
  • Is recursion limited to one routine?
  • Is the routine's depth of recursion within the limits imposed by the size of the program's?
  • Is recursion the best way to implement the routine? Is it better than simple iteration?