Found this gem in my news feed yesterday and can't get it off my mind: catch exception, sleep, goto try-block and, well, try again:

$attempts = 0;

try {
// (...)
} catch (Exception $e) {
if ($attempts <= 10) {
goto start;

Did we go full-circle? Is "goto" the next big thing? Is this a late april fools joke? What am I missing here? This can't be real.

Source: https://blog.frankdejonge.nl/back-t...

  • 7
    There are something in this world even php shouldn't allow.


    Welcome to the course, our first module is: How to cause an infinite loop 101.
  • 0
    I'm going to be honest, I thought that the goto was in the try which would've caused an infinite loop. Using a goto and an if instead of a while in 2021 in the middle of an exception catch is almost as awful though.
  • 1
    @C0D4 why would it cause an infinite loop. Shouldn't the "attempt" variable increment on each try and jump over on 10th?
  • 1
    @HitWRight loose the attempts check because some dev forgot how loops work, or move it to down after the exception throwing code, for example:

    catch(Exception $e){
    //check and restart loop

    and the check wouldn't exceed 10.

    It doesn't take much to make that break.
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