[Haskell-cafe] Maybe a, The Rationale
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
>>> Paul: Hmm, I'm not quite sure what you're driving at.
>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! :-
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