Complexity Shock Horror II: the Sequel (was Re: MD5 in erlang
Sun Mar 30 03:21:09 CEST 2003
I am about to add your requested functionality to io_lib:format, so I
thought about adding these BIFs too, but it turned out that it was hard
to decide what they should do, exactly: Erlang-style prefix or not,
lowercase or UPPERCASE or selectable and how to select, how to select
any-base for list_to_integer/2, etc.
It started to seem that an option list was needed with quite some
options, and then they suddenly did seem too complicated to be BIFs.
So I hope it will do to use something like
If it is necessary for performance reasons, we might add these BIFs later.
/ Raimo Niskanen, Erlang/OTP
James Hague wrote:
> I've often thought Erlang should have the BIFs:
> integer_to_list(Base, Integer)
> list_to_integer(Base, List)
> In addition to the arity-1 versions that currently exist.
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