[fpc-devel] WTF? Type checking dependent on compilation mode!?

Vinzent Hoefler JeLlyFish.software at gmx.net
Tue Apr 26 10:56:07 CEST 2005

On Monday 25 April 2005 12:10, Florian Klaempfl wrote:

Just a small reprise on this matter:

> It's simply a thing to make life easier especially for beginners.

Easy to shoot theirselves in the foot? ;-) There's already a language 
well known for this type of "easyness".

> I
> don't know a real reason why the arrays shouldn't be considered equal

Let me put in this way: Perhaps because your compiler is supposed to be 
a Pascal-compiler and Pascal considers type as identical when they are 
identical by name (which basically means: they derive from the same 
type definition) and not by structure (which can be just pure 

I don't mean to be rude, but IMO you've did the equivalent of taking a 
sawed-off shotgun and blowing a big hole into Pascal's intended type 
system (which already isn't perfect either) - and your argument why you 
did it is totally bogus, because the only time where this matters is 
when someone uses anonymous types and their use should be strongly 
discouraged anyway.


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