Subject RE: [ib-support] About default values
Author Ann W. Harrison
At 05:41 PM 12/17/2001 -0500, Doug Chamberlin wrote:

>Well, I don't much like magic string values which mean different things
>depending on the context in which they appear. Smacks of a "clever coding"
>type of thinking, to me.

Without going into deep issues of taste, why is 'NOW' a magic string
and '17 Dec 2001' is a normal date? - dates are stored as binary numbers
after all, representing the difference between some time and some other
time in some unit - having nothing to do with the characters '17 Dec 2001'
For that matter, why is '123' not a magic string?


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