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From: Beman Dawes (beman_at_[hidden])
Date: 1999-12-20 14:43:22

At 10:37 AM 12/20/99 -0000, Moore, Paul wrote:

>But I still think that removing abs() is better. Can anybody who is
>genuinely attached to having an abs() function for rationals, please
>up. Otherwise it goes. I'd like to get a working version of
>released. I can put abs() back in version N, when the larger issues
on this
>whole topic have been clarified.

Stick in a comment as to why you removed abs(). If someone comes
along later and wants abs(), that will give them a head start.

>If no-one starts a "save the abs" campaign, I'll produce a demo
class which
>exposes the problem clearly.

Sooner or later software has to ship to be useful. It won't be the
first or last time a developer had to leave something out and just
move on...


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