A COBOL statement
I can hardly bring myself to describe it. It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it
, I guess.
The ALTER statement allows a programmer to amend the target of a labelled GOTO statement. That is,
ALTER PARA-0100 TO PROCEED TO
PARA-1050, PARA-2050, PARA-1057, PARA-3050,
PARA-3000, PARA-4000, PARA-4050, PARA-2050
DEPENDING ON REC-TYPE.
I guess, somewhere, there's a COBOL programmer
who will describe the behaviour that results from the above as polymorphic
... One such statement
in a program is bad
. In my experience, however, it becomes endemic
, something to be used at every opportunity
Goes hand in hand with excess use of periods.