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The switch statement in Java: Why the language was designed in such a way that the execution falls through each steps, instead of exiting the switch statement, even after a predicate match was found and no explicit break was given after the matched case?
 
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You would have to go back 25 years and ask James Gosling that. Some of the earlier design decisions seem to me to be in order to emulate C/C++. in those days that strategy was very successful; people who had written C/C++ could migrate to Java┬« easily.
 
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