Spaghetti codeSpaghetti code
is a pejorative term for code with a complex and tangled control structure, especially one using many GOTOs, exceptions, or other "unstructured" branching constructs. It is named such because program flow tends to look like a bowl of spaghetti
, i.e. twisted and tangled. Nowadays it is preferable to use so-called structured programming
Also called kangaroo code because such code has so many jumps in it.
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