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17 March 2010 @ 01:17 pm
Null References... a billion dollar mistake?  
For those of you who are programmers out there, I think you'll dig this presentation by Tony Hoare (inventor of Quicksort) about why he feels like inventing the null reference was a bad idea:

http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Null-References-The-Billion-Dollar-Mistake-Tony-Hoare

Remember folks: 0 == False == Null is a terrible assumption to make.
 
 
 
Uncle Mikeybelmikey on March 17th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Don't get me started.

For all that I work primarily in C++ and therefore live in a world where null references are possible, I sometimes really want to track Messrs Kernighan and Ritchie down and kick them in the shins.