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re: Out of curiosity, what's the alternative to if/else? Assuming polymorphism wasn't around in the 50's, did people express the idea of conditional ex...
 

Something like you have in assembly: a conditional GOTO that jumps if the argument is equal to zero. Algol actually had a three-way conditional that jumped whether the argument was zero, positive, or negative.

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