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From: Hibbs, Philip (philip.hibbs_at_[hidden])
Date: 2000-03-30 03:33:17

>> Thank you, that's a good idea. For a smart resource, I'd prefer a
>> different name to "is_null" - its got a definite "pointer" tone to it.
>How about is_nill?? What than?

I think null is perfectly adequate, the term is equally applicable to handles
as it is to pointers, it's just that in c and c++, pointers are far more common
than handles. It could be argued that because -1 is usually the null value for
a handle, as against 0 for pointers, they should be different. However, the
internal representation of a null handle should be hidden, and if it's
different from a null pointer, then that shouldn't be relevant. "Nil" has
definite connotations of being zero, so I would think it inappropriate for
something that is probably -1.

Philip Hibbs
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