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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-10-21 07:00:19

At 07:12 AM 10/21/2003, David Abrahams wrote:
>"Thorsten Ottosen" <nesotto_at_[hidden]> writes:
>> As I said in my other post:
>> php: trim() does not modify the original.
>> python: strip() does not modify the original
>> java: trim() : does not modify the original ( even though it's a
>> function; there's no equivalent in StringBuffer )
>> eiffel: prune() : mutates (member function)
>> perl: chomp: mutates
>> I wouldn't say all languages agree. In java you can actually get the
>> pointer in some cases, so you will end up
>> referencing the original. Some of the languages are probably not
>> enough to do what Pavol tried to do, so
>> their design seems more like a *coincidence*, not a design.
>I don't think the fact that Python has immutable strings and Perl
>mutates is coincidence. It reflects fundamentals of their design

And gives yet another example of why language experts consider Python a
generally safer language to use than Perl.


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