Considered Harmful Adj. [very Common] Edsger W.

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considered harmful adj.

[very common] Edsger
W. Dijkstra's note in the March 1968 "Communications of the
ACM", "Goto Statement Considered Harmful", fired the first
salvo in the structured programming wars (text at Amusingly, the ACM considered
the resulting acrimony sufficiently harmful that it will (by
policy) no longer print an article taking so assertive a position
against a coding practice. (Years afterwards, a contrary view
contrary view was uttered in a CACM letter called, inevitably,
"`Goto considered harmful' considered harmful'"'. In the
ensuing decades, a large number of both serious papers and parodies
have borne titles of the form "X considered Y". The
structured-programming wars eventually blew over with the
realization that both sides were wrong, but use of such titles has
remained as a persistent minor in-joke (the `considered silly'
found at various places in this lexicon is related).