(j3.2006) Defined operation questions
Wed May 9 08:23:12 EDT 2012
On 5/8/12 4:03 PM, Van Snyder wrote:
> Does anybody remember why "nonoptional" is required for dummy arguments
> of functions that define operations (22.214.171.124.2p1)?
> I tried to write an .ANDTHEN. operator with an optional second argument,
> so that I could do something like "if ( present(A) .ANDTHEN. A )...", in
Can't you just write
if (present(A)) then; if (A) then
end if; end if
It works now, is clear, and would be faster than invoking a procedure
> which the function that defines .ANDTHEN. returns false without
> referencing the second argument if the first argument is false. I can't
> do this because the function that defines .ANDTHEN. can't have an
> optional second argument, and therefore can't be invoked if A is not
> I can understand requiring the second actual argument to /appear/ in a
> reference (as already required by the syntax rules in Clause 7), but why
> must it be /present/?
> In light of the first distinguishing characteristic in 126.96.36.199.5p3, is
> there still a reason for "data object" in (188.8.131.52.2p1)?
The criterion for a few feature should not be "I can't think of a reason
why not". We often overlook, or don't realize at the time, the
implementation costs of such whims and (at least vendors) regret it later.
> I can't offhand think of an application for a defined operation in which
> one operand is a procedure, but there appears not to be a problem with
> generic resolution.
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