Re: Complaint about return code convention in queue_work() etc.

From: Jan Engelhardt
Date: Sun Aug 20 2006 - 18:12:06 EST

>> >Mixing up these two sorts of representations is a fertile source of
>> >difficult-to-find bugs. If the C language included a strong distinction
>> >between integers and booleans then the compiler would find these mistakes
>> >for us... but it doesn't.
>> Recently introduced "bool".
>I haven't seen the new definition of "bool", but it can't possibly provide
>a strong distinction between integers and booleans. That is, if x is
>declared as an integer rather than as a bool, the compiler won't complain
>about "if (x) ...".

Only Java will get you this distinction. I would be comfortable with a
feature where conditionals (like if() and ?:) enforce a bool showing
up in C/C++, but it's not easy to get into the mainline gcc.

Jan Engelhardt
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