Nothingness

Sean Hinde <>
Thu Oct 25 02:50:18 CEST 2001


> Hi,
> 
> I'm now hip-deep into my first Erlang project. It has been 
> exciting, and 
> very productive.

Good isn't it!

> One of the immediate issues I ran up 
> against was how 
> to represent missing data -- that which would be 
> representated in an SQL 
> database as NULL.

I tend to use the empty list [] to represent null data. It is stored
extremely efficiently as it has it's own special tag value. Your only
problem is to distinguish it from the empty string..

Sean



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