In article <334EDC93.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Graham Matthews <email@example.com> wrote:
[ Replying to JO ]
> I would like you ask you a question. You claim that the "everything is a
> string" approach is the be-all-and-end-all, the way to go, etc, etc. Why
> then has Tcl8.0 moved away from this philosophy?
Semantically it hasn't. It just now has a rather neat behind-the-scenes
way of caching the results of converting the value from a string into
something else (like a list or number) in case it gets used like that
again. You never see this though. It is transparent to the programmer
(unless you are coding an extension in C and want to use the faster
programming interface - you don't have to though) and all the user
sees are (sometines significantly) faster programs.
Donal K. Fellows http://r8h.cs.man.ac.uk:8000/ (SAY NO TO COMMERCIAL SPAMS!)
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