Auto-promotion of Integer to BigInt

Jonathan Leto jaleto at
Thu Nov 12 00:23:25 UTC 2009


It seems to me, from the point of view of a Parrot developer and as a
HLL developer, autopromotion that I cannot control and that is
inconsistent is worse than none at all.

I think having specific types or a way of defining an attribute such
that autopromotion has to be explicitly turned on, would be the
interface that HLL's can suitably opt-in or out of, with minimal

Also, the more tests we have for these edge cases, the better. Thanks
to kurahaupo++ for lighting a candle in these dark recesses of our
test suite.



Jonathan Leto
jonathan at

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