wRog (wrog) wrote,
wRog
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Today's violation of the Principle of Least Surprise

  var answer = [];

  for (word in ['this','language','can','bite','me']) {
     answer.push(word);
  }
Just to make it easy, I'll tell you that the language in question is Javascript, [...] is an array constructor, and .push appends its arguments to the end of the list/array. The answer, of course, is...

  [0,1,2,3,4]
See, Javascript doesn't actually have arrays, Javascript has objects with numbered properties. And since foo.['whatever'] is defined to be foo.whatever with numbers and strings automagically converting to each other as needed, you'll never, ever notice the difference.

Unless, of course, you try to use for, which iterates through property names, not property values.

I suppose, to be completely fair, I should note that in Perl, some idiot could conceivably do
  for my $word (['this','language','can','bite','me']) {
     push @answer, $word;
  }
and get a list of length 1 for their trouble. Oh, well...
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