if keyword is so prevalent in programming that it seems to just be part of it. However, with an integer value and a
goto statement, one can easily simulate the functionality of an
Which means it's not necessary for a language to have dedicated conditional keywords in order to achieve that functionality. Which in turn makes me think that there must have been a time before somebody created the first
if to be used in a language.
So, my question is: What was the first time a language offered a dedicated keyword for conditional execution?
The word itself doesn't really matter here, it could be
AS_IT_OCCURS_THAT instead of
if for all I care.