Re: Providing features through the storage class John Cowan 19 Sep 2015 22:38 UTC

Bradley Lucier scripsit:

> Do you expect the table to be fully populated?  If so, a generic storage
> class would be better.

No, I would think that the whole point of sparse arrays is that most elements
aren't set.

> Or do you expect a default value returned from the getter when asked for
> previously unset values?

I'd expect there to be a default, in the sense that it would not be an error
to try to access a value that hasn't been set.

It would be good, but not I think necessary, to be able to say what that
value is on a per-array basis.

John Cowan
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