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[REBOL] Transpose Re:(2)

From: al:bri:xtra at: 6-Oct-2000 13:40

jn wrote:
> Nice choice of names...
Thanks, Joel.
> (but I MUST remember to ask you about the caps)
Why capitals? Here's the Transpose function again: Transpose: function [ [catch] "Transposes Matrices" Matrix [block!] ][ Results Width Height Column ][ Results: make block! Width: length? Matrix/1 Height: length? Matrix repeat Index Width [ Column: make block! Width foreach Row Matrix [ insert/only tail Column Row/:Index ] insert/only tail Results Column ] Results ] Note that every word that is defined here is in Title case. Also note that every common word that's in Rebol like 'insert, '/only, 'length? etcetera are in lower case. What's _important_ is signalled by the Title case words. Here's Transpose again but in a sea of lower case. transpose: function [ [catch] "transposes matrices" matrix [block!] ][ results width height column ][ results: make block! width: length? matrix/1 height: length? matrix repeat index width [ column: make block! width foreach row matrix [ insert/only tail column row/:index ] insert/only tail results column ] results ] Can you _easily_ see if I've made a mistake? What are the important words?
> My real question here is this, if we collectively are going to build up a
small pile of useful extensions, would it be good to have some conventions re defensive programming... Don't bother with defensive programming. It's just more stuff to debug and put right Put the [catch] attribute in and let the problem in the code be caught as early as possible. I'd still use 'try around disk and net i/o, as this makes sense. And the argument type specifiers are good as well.
> I assume your [catch] was a faster way of addressing this same issue, by
simply passing the error resulting from an empty argument list back to the caller. It's a whole lot simpler and catches the error earlier and it runs faster. Andrew Martin Look what happens when I go to sleep! :-) ICQ: 26227169