digitalmars.D - Re: Go rant
- Justin Johansson <no spam.com> Dec 22 2009
Nick Sabalausky Wrote:It should be "should be", for the same reason and in the same way that the "waterfall" development model *should be* taught: Presenting it up front as conceptually-easy-but-generally-a-bad-thing-to-do will help people identify it and therefore avoid it. Not teaching about it increases the chances that they'll either rediscover it or come across a usage of it without actually noticing that there's a problem. It would be like selling sodium without including a warning that it explodes upon contact with water (Or something like that, anyway, I never actually took chemistry...).
Pity, Nick; chemistry was really good fun. Citing potassium would be even better. An accident with pot (K) actually happened to someone I knew at high school and the result was rather ugly. Better still would be to cite rubidium -> caesium -> francium. These elements, all in the the alkali metals group, have an extreme affinity for oxidation i.e. explosion when in contact with, well, oxidants :-) Francium is rather rare though and a the skull-and-crossbone radioactive warning would be more apt for selling this particular alkai metal. Cheers, Justin
Dec 22 2009