Add units - include furlongs/fortnight in addition to SI units
alexander.dunlap at gmail.com
Mon Jul 13 06:56:35 EDT 2009
I think there's a library called "dimensional" or something that does
this sort of thing.
On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 7:44 PM, Carlton Mills<crmills_2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I can't see where this has been proposed, so I will propose it. It is clear that programming languages vars/expressions will be required to carry units in addition to the value. A mission to Mars was botched because of units mismatch that was not caught. The languages F# and Fortress include a way to specify units on a variable and value. The compiler enforces unit conformance.
> I have no idea if automatic conversion is a good idea or not.
> I have no idea what the proper technical term I should have used; thus the use of furlongs in the subject to get attention.
> I don't know if this is difficult or not, but I am reasonable sure that compiler enforced units conformance will be required in government and space agency contracts. (Probably will happen a year after M$ has a good implementation available - this could be a competitive advantage).
> -Carlton Mills, Urbana, Illinois
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