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Chapter 2. It’s Not a Bug, It’s a Language Feature

Chapter 2. It’s Not a Bug, It’s a Language Feature

Bugs are by far the largest and most successful class of entity, with nearly a million known species. In this respect they outnumber all the other known creatures about four to one.

—Professor Snopes’ Encyclopedia of Animal Life

why language features mattersins of commission: switches let you down with fall throughavailable hardware is a crayon?too much default visibilitysins of mission: overloading the camel’s back“some of the operators have the wrong precedence”the early bug gets() the Internet wormsins of omission: mail won’t go to users with an “f” in their user namespace–the final frontierthe compiler date is corruptedlint should never have been separated outsome light relief—some features really are bugs


  

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