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Code Complete, Second Edition

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The following resources also address unusual control structures:


Fowler, Martin. Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1999. In the description of the refactoring called "Replace Nested Conditional with Guard Clauses," Fowler suggests using multiple return statements from a routine to reduce nesting in a set of if statements. Fowler argues that multiple returns are an appropriate means of achieving greater clarity, and that no harm arises from having multiple returns from a routine.


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