[clug] [OT] Null-terminated strings: expensive mistake or not

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Wed Aug 3 20:41:09 MDT 2011

A friend sent me this link making a case that null-terminated strings
were "The Most Expensive One-byte Mistake".

I think it was exactly right at the time:
 - fits the Unix Philosophy: simple and definitive solutions
 - falls naturally out of C and how it handles pointers

Which begs the question:
  Is it right for now?


There are a bunch of C and other coders on the list.
Thought you might have interesting opinions on this.

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