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SubjectRe: (0 == foo), rather than (foo == 0)
On Thu, 11 Mar 2004, Chris Johns wrote:

> Just to throw a little more gas on this particular fire (or maybe
> some water, depending on your point of view), when I worked for a while
> at the Evil Empire, the "const == variable" comparison was mandatory in
> the group I worked in. Odd to look at initially, I'll admit, but it
> still caught
> several potential bugs. One other thing that was mandatory was to
> set to NULL any pointer to memory area that was freed immediately after
> freeing it. Again, a good idea, although not a coding style issue.
>
> Chris
>

Well I'll take it as being proof that forcing a particular style
doesn't help make bug-free code since it didn't help Microsoft.

I'll bet that Microsoft has more bugs per KLOC than any other
software, ever. It is a formidable challenge to make software
that will beat it in that area. You really need to try. You
need to be cunning enough to get it through the compile-stage.
It's an art.

Cheers,
Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.24 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
Note 96.31% of all statistics are fiction.


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