Separating a Hash type from Object

Brendan Eich brendan at
Wed May 30 15:11:42 PDT 2007

On May 30, 2007, at 2:32 PM, Brendan Eich wrote:

> Good point -- we talked about this (it came up on python-dev too, for
> the same reason), but I forgot to note that the way
> intrinsic::hashcode is specified allows for a!==b but
> intrinsic::hashcode(a)===intrinsic::hashcode(b). So in Newton in
> April, we agreed face-to-face that all NaNs could hash to 0 (if
> memory serves). This avoids hardship computing disting codes on each

Typo: "distinct codes", of course.

> NaN presented as input, but it doesn't help retrieval or bound table
> space.
> We did not talk for long about throwing an exception for
> intrinsic::hashcode(NaN), but we certainly could do that. IIRC that's
> what Python does/will-do. Comments?
> /be
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