Hmm... In Java there is a form of syntactic sugar that automatically deals with such boxes called auto-(un)boxing, IIUC. So I still think it can be called syntactic sugar.

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Greg Ewing <> wrote:
Guido van Rossum wrote:
I know. But this could be considered syntactic sugar.

I don't think it is just syntactic sugar. There is
a real difference between having a box containing
either an apple or a banana, and having just an
apple or a banana.

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