[Haskell-cafe] Maybe a, The Rationale

PR Stanley prstanley at ntlworld.com
Sun May 11 05:09:19 EDT 2008

>>>>         Um, I was encountering and recognizing times when I 
>>>> really needed an
>>>>out-of-band "null", and the pain of representing such in C, shortly
>>>>after I started serious programming in C (call it 1984-5).  Is this
>>>>really difficult?
>>>       Paul: Hmm, I'm not quite sure what you're driving at.
>>Me neither.
>Null pointers, EOF markers, didn't find specified key in some tree, etc.

         Paul: So much time is wasted on making the thing work even 
if you have perfectly sound semantics. Still, that's a hundred times 
more preferable to c++ and its anomalies and contradictions.  What 
was Stroustroup thinking of! :-
                 Cheers, Paul 

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