Withdrawn?? Paulo Jorge de Oliveira Cantante de Matos (19 Dec 2003 11:55 UTC)
Re: Withdrawn?? bear (19 Dec 2003 18:42 UTC)
Re: Withdrawn?? tb@xxxxxx (19 Dec 2003 20:25 UTC)

Re: Withdrawn?? tb@xxxxxx 19 Dec 2003 20:25 UTC

bear <xxxxxx@sonic.net> writes:

> Looking over the discussion archive, my impression is that
> the bitwise-operations were built on too many assumptions
> about integer length and representation, and it was withdrawn
> for revisions - basically, people may be looking for a design
> that makes it easier to support without constraining how
> people represent numbers.

Bitwise operations are very important.  They should not be coupled to
integers, at all.  One should think of them as arrays of bits, and
treat them as a separate type.

(Of course, it's nice to provide a conversion function that turns an
int into a bitarray, and vice versa.)