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Comment: Re:Not to sound like an ass, but... (Score 1) 173

by Ann Coulter (#30219754) Attached to: Haskell 2010 Announced

Moreover, the DoAndIfThenElse extension merely extends the "do" syntax with if/then/else clauses; it is syntactic sugar. Empty data declarations are essentially union types unioned over no labels and therefore can have no values except for the bottom value.

References:
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/haskell-prime/wiki/DoAndIfThenElse
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/haskell-prime/wiki/EmptyDataDecls

Comment: Re:Strongly typed language? (Score 1) 299

by Ann Coulter (#29113597) Attached to: Scala, a Statically Typed, Functional, O-O Language

What would be the result of 354+true? What is the result of true+true? What is the result of false-true? What is the result of true^3? What is the squareroot of true? Does it make any sense? Is it well defined?

In C, any non-zero int value is synonymous with true and the int value 0 is synonymous with false. So, 354+true is something besides 354; true+true is the sum of two non-zero int values; false-true is simply the arithmetic negation of some non-zero int value; true^3 is some non-zero int value multiplied by itself twice; sqrt(true) is some non-zero int value cast into a double and given to sqrt. It does not have to make sense because these operations are well-defined.

I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)

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