Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at
Sun Jan 18 11:25:39 CET 2015

Ian Kelly wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 8:09 PM, Steven D'Aprano
> <steve+comp.lang.python at> wrote:
>> I'm guessing that can only have come from the mindset of C/C++
>> programmers, where this sort of thing is considered acceptable:
> Maybe. The journal reference in the second link I posted dates the
> practice back to at least 1975, a time predating K&R C, when it was
> most notable as the language that Unix was written in. I wouldn't be
> surprised if this actually originated from Fortran.

Ah, the good old days, when computer designers built machines where 1.0*X
could overflow and X-0.0 could underflow.


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