safety: null checks

Dibyendu Majumdar mobile at
Sun Nov 22 22:16:11 UTC 2020

On Sunday, 22 November 2020 at 15:25:48 UTC, Q. Schroll wrote:
> On Sunday, 22 November 2020 at 11:52:13 UTC, Dibyendu Majumdar 
> wrote:
>> Above fails because b is null. But why doesn't the compiler 
>> say so? It seems like a very basic safety check.
> Nullpointer exceptions aren't a safety issue since the program 
> crashes. For it to be a safety issue, it would need to have 
> "bad consequences" e.g. writes to memory at locations the 
> program isn't supposed to.

Right. A crash isn't a bad consequence, of course.

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