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Please Avoid Using !

Topic: programming

Please Avoid Using !

The International Typographer's Association has announced an impending shortage of exclamation marks (sometimes affectionately known as "bangs"). These poor, put- upon points of punctuation have been overworked in too many pieces of prose and programming alike, causing the previously plentiful population to diminish perilously.

All writers of C code and other works of art are asked to help avert the oncoming crisis by substituting other symbols for the exclamation mark. In C, this can be done by using the word NOT instead. To illustrate, we'll have to sacrifice just a few of the brave creatures:

if (! a) /* Old */

becomes

if (NOT a) /* New */

In fact, since this works so well in C, it can be carried over to English as well. Rather than obscuring the meaning of many sentences, it can help make them even more accurate. For example,

The Windigent OS release 42 offers much higher performance and better portability than any other operating system!

becomes

The Windigent OS release 42 offers much higher performance and better portability than any other operating system NOT

Please start using this system today NOT With your help, we can help save our precious bangs for future generations NOT


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