[Oberon] Should one automatically initalize local pointer or procedure variables (safety precaution)?

Andreas Pirklbauer andreas_pirklbauer at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 4 19:25:06 CET 2019

    > If pre-assigning NIL to pointers becomes an official part of the language then programmers will stop initializing on their own.

Correct. Or, alternatively, allow the programmer to write something along the lines of

  VAR ptr: Ptr := NIL;   (*declare a new pointer variable called ‘ptr’, and give it an initial value of NIL*)

But Oberon just isn’t such a language.

    > I have not heard of Swift.


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