Fixing the imaginary/complex mess

Bill Baxter wbaxter at
Sun May 3 05:27:09 PDT 2009

On Sun, May 3, 2009 at 2:35 AM, Walter Bright
<newshound1 at> wrote:
> Don wrote:
>> I don't think anyone expects to be able to divide an integer by an
>> imaginary, and then assign it to an integer. I was astonished that the
>> compiler accepted it.
> There actually is a reason - completeness. Mathematically, there is a
> definite answer to it, so why not fill in all the entries for all the
> combinations?

But the result of int divided by imaginary is pure imaginary.  So I
think Don's point was that you shouldn't be able to assign that back
to an int.


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