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(Or "GOTO", "go to", "GO TO", "JUMP", "JMP") A construct and keyword found in several higher-level programming languages (e.g. Fortran, COBOL, BASIC, C) to cause an unconditional jump or transfer of control from one point in a program to another. The destination of the jump is usually indicated by a label following the GOTO keyword.

In some languages, a label is a line number, in which case every statement may be labelled, in others a label is an optional alphanumeric identifier.

Use of the GOTO instruction in high level language programming fell into disrepute with the development and general acceptance of structured programming, and especially following the famous article "GOTO statement considered harmful". Since a GOTO is effectively an assignment to the program counter, it is tempting to make the generalisation "assignment considered harmful" and indeed, this is the basis of functional programming.

Nearly(?) all machine language instruction sets include a GOTO instruction, though in this context it is usually called branch or jump or some mnemonic based on these.

See also COME FROM.



an archipelago off the western coast of Kyushu, Japan. Part of the Nagasaki Prefecture, the archipelago includes more than 30 islands and an area of 645 sq km. The most important islands are Fukue (up to 30 km long) and Nakadori. The maximum elevation is 429 m. The climate is humid subtropical. There are rice paddies and tea and mulberry plantations, as well as fisheries. The principal towns in the Goto archipelago are Arikawa, Fukue, and Tomie.


(1) In a high-level programming language, a statement that directs the computer to go to some other part of the program. Low-level language equivalents are "branch" and "jump."

(2) In dBASE, a command that directs the user to a specific record in the file.

(3) In word processing, a command that directs the user to a specific page number.
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In 2006, the GOTI became a member of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center (CARICC), which facilitates the investigation of cross-border crime in Central Asia.
Jamal al-Omar said that due to the international prices of cotton and textile which increase or decrease according to the international economic conditions, the prices influence the costs of production, and to preserve the interests of the industrialists, the GOTI adopted certain instructions last May for selling cotton yarn at the local market.
Audius n-a primit data Pastilor fixata de Sinodul ecumenic din Niceea, (325), fiind exilat traind apoi si in "Gotia", Dacia noastra, crestinand multi goti si bastinasi.
Or, to shift the metaphor with Jaime Malamud Goti as he described the prosecution of the dictatorial generals in Argentina, it is all part of a "Game Without End.
The description in the preface of the next major musical part of the service, Herr Goti, dich loben wir, "which Hieronymus Praetorius, our church organist, composed for sixteen parts in four choirs," leaves no doubt as to its identity.
Among its members were Genaro Carrio, who later became Chief Justice of Argentina, Eugenio Bulygin, later the Dean of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and judge of the federal court of appeals; Eduardo Rabossi, a professor of philosophy and the Undersecretary for Human Rights during the Alfonsin Administration; Martin Farrell, a noted legal philosopher and judge; and Jaime Malamud Goti, who later served Alfonsin as an advisor and then became Solicitor General of Argentina.
E ben conosciamo le vicende anche linguistiche medievali, quelle delle popolazioni gia stanziali e quelle dei popoli di nuova immissione, goti, longobardi, arabi, poi assimilati ai nativi.
The locals have a name for this - andar per goti - which means "going like a Goth".
He describes Swedes as Goth-Swedes ("questo popolo Svevo-Goto" 134) as superlative warriors who, like their Gothic ancestors, have a history as conquerors and not as a conquered people: (8) "non fu mai soggiogato il paese [Sweden] da stranieri con aperta guerra, ma bensi i suoi popoli arrivarono gia sotto il nome di Goti a dominare la dominazione del mondo, Roma" (135).
The opening God's-eye view is something of an epic commonplace; it has precedents in Odyssey I and in Trissino's Italia liberata dai Goti, and evokes most closely Jupiter's first appearance in the Aeneid: (21)