[squeak-dev] The Trunk: Compiler-eem.480.mcz
eliot.miranda at gmail.com
Thu Nov 24 18:53:35 UTC 2022
> On Nov 24, 2022, at 1:03 AM, Marcel Taeumel <marcel.taeumel at hpi.de> wrote:
> +1 Even for a loop-based algorithm, clarity would improve if the initial case would be flagged with a symbol, not nil:
> x := #start.
> [ ... ] whileTrue: [
> x = #start ifTrue: [x := ... ].
Please don’t take this personally; I find the above pretentious in the extreme, and, given how much thought Smalltalk-80’s designers gave to initializing with nil (again it’s in the blue book), displaying and/or celebrating ignorance. So -1,000.
>> Am 23.11.2022 21:23:27 schrieb Tobias Pape <das.linux at gmx.de>:
>> Yet, nil is only seldom a good domain object.
>> > On 23. Nov 2022, at 19:34, tim Rowledge wrote:
>> > I won't quote it all again but what Eliot wrote is important. There are good solid reasons why Smalltalk has a rigorously defined UndefinedObject. We demand rigorously defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
>> > tim
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