[Haskell-cafe] bitSize

Albert Y. C. Lai trebla at vex.net
Fri Aug 26 00:32:57 CEST 2011

On 11-08-25 01:57 PM, Andrew Coppin wrote:
> Does anybody else think it would be *far* more useful if bitSize applied
> to an Integer would tell you how many bits that particular Integer is
> using? Especially given that it can vary?

It is useful to know the number of bits used in a value.

It is useful to know the maximum number of bits storable in a type.

It is useless to conflate the two into one single method.

The name "bitSize" is already taken. Come up with another name, and I 
will agree with you.

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