Safety and power

  title={Safety and power},
  author={Stavros Macrakis},
  journal={ACM Sigsoft Software Engineering Notes},
  • Stavros Macrakis
  • Published 1982
  • Computer Science
  • ACM Sigsoft Software Engineering Notes
Although the "question of safety vs. power in programming languages" is most interesting, Glass's letter [SEN 6:5 (Oct 81)] addresses only a peripheral issue, namely some (seemingly arbitrary) areas in which certain programming languages have required unsafe solutions.In order to focus discussion, let me propose a definition of safety: a practice is "safe" if it relies only on the language's semantics. Clearly, unsafe practices are in general not portable between compilers or machines. There… Expand
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