5 Answered Questions for the topic language design

Language Design Python Least Astonishment

06/03/19

Least Astonishment and the Mutable Default Argument?

Anyone tinkering with Python long enough has been bitten (or torn to pieces) by the following issue: def foo(a=[]): a.append(5) return aPython novices would expect this function to... more
Language Design C++ Computer Programming Theory

05/28/19

Why are C++ inline functions in the header?

<sub>NB This is not a question about how to use inline functions or how they work, more why they are done the way they are.</sub>The declaration of a class member function does not need... more
Language Design Logic Python

05/06/19

Why are default arguments evaluated at definition time in Python?

I had a very difficult time with understanding the root cause of a problem in an algorithm. Then, by simplifying the functions step by step I found out that evaluation of default arguments in... more
Language Design Visual Basic Basic

05/03/19

BASIC, how lines were stored in memory?

As I understand BASIC had line numbers because at the time you had to use a line editor to input your program. It allowed you to do something like this: 20 END 10 PRINT "HELLO WORLD" This... more
Language Design Visual Basic Basic Vb6

05/03/19

What does DIM stand for in Visual Basic and BASIC?

What does DIM stand for in Visual Basic?

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