True == 1 weirdness

Sven R. Kunze srkunze at
Thu Sep 17 23:49:30 CEST 2015

On 17.09.2015 23:38, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:
> Random832 <random832 at>:
>> It being *easier to implement* to have comparison operators be a
>> single class and have chaining apply equally to all of them may be an
>> excuse for the language to allow it, but it's certainly not an excuse
>> for *actually* using it from a standpoint of good style and
>> readability.
> In general, I don't like such caveats. Either something is in the
> language or it is not.
> You don't have to use all language features (I certainly don't), but if
> somebody takes advantage of them, you shouldn't consider it bad style.
> So if you don't like
>      if prev_node is not node in excluded:
>           ...
> take your complaints to whoever accepted the syntax in the language.

One cannot blame it all to the languages designers. They try hard to 
optimize the programming workflows.

The responsibility is evenly split between the users and the designers 
to use and to design reasonable, maintainable and robust language features.


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