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Life Loops and Goto Statements


Dear Madam,  

I'm looking for the GOTO statement
that leads me out of the life while 
loop, or a way to set the chasing 
and working booleans to false.

The chasing and working booleans 
seem to be permanently set to 
true. 

Would you be so kind as to advise
where one can find the nearest
early exit point?

working:= true;
chasing:= true;

while (working) and (chasing) do
begin
  //...
  // dissatisfied
  // burnt out
  // need a break
  // save me
  //...
end;

Regards,
  Secret Agent 505

Madam responds:
Dear Agent 505,

I assume you are a young man and
have not found your love or 
retirement yet.

The while loop must go on, don't 
sweat it.

The chasing boolean may be set to
false narrowing down the risk of
being caught in the while loop,
but only if you can find her and
convince her to set the boolean.
Even then, this may increase
the chances of working boolean to
being true for longer.

The working boolean is essential
and cannot be changed until you are
much older, but I assume you know
this.

The GOTO statement possibility 
also exists and is more dramatic.
Consider using it when life gets
extremely complicated and you
need to take a break and do some
special activities.  

In fact, you should place more 
activities into the while loop 
by calling some procedures from 
within it, instead of using 
GOTO statements.. but if life 
gets too complicated, and you 
are old enough, or you have 
enough money, you may use a
GOTO statement to retire early.
Otherwise, the loop will have
to end later and follow through
with the retirement then.

Consider:

procedure life;
var working, chasing: boolean;

  procedure seenature;
  begin
    Walk;
    if personavailable then 
    begin
      holdhands;
      chasing:= false;
    end;
    SeeFlowers;
    SeeTrees;
  end;

  procedure rest;
  begin
    if personavailable then 
    begin
      romance;
      chasing:= false;
    end;
    sleep;
  end;

  procedure chase;
  begin
    SeeNature;
    // you may find her there, but try other activities here too
  end;

begin 
  working:= true;
  chasing:= true;
  while (working) or (chasing) do
  begin
    if (extramoney) and (secure) then goto retire;
    if day = lessbusy then seenature;
    if reallydark then rest;
    if chasing then chase;
    Organize;
    Plan;
    Prepare;
    Work;
    // .. etc
  end;

  retire:
  begin
    DoLastActivities;
    exit;
  end;
end;


Regards,
  Madam


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