tfb at tfeb.org
Mon Apr 12 23:50:13 UTC 2010
On 12 Apr 2010, at 22:32, Gary Byers wrote:
> If you don't need to handle these kinds of cases, then yes, the hard
> part is
> knowing how to obtain the size of some primitive object.
I agree completely with the text I elided - the difficult bit of this
kind of thing is walking the structure, dealing with sharing &
circularities etc. *However* that is generally code that the user is
able to write without dependencies on the internals of the
implementation (and indeed it's code that *only* they can write as it
depends on their knowledge of what stuff counts for them). I think
the sizeof primitive is something reasonably important, because it's
the bit you *can't* write without understanding the implementation.
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