Binary data (ByteArray/ByteVector) proposal on public-script-coord
mjs at apple.com
Fri Nov 6 15:39:37 PST 2009
On Nov 6, 2009, at 1:39 PM, Alex Russell wrote:
> On Nov 6, 2009, at 11:30 AM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>> On Nov 6, 2009, at 5:43 AM, P T Withington wrote:
>>> On 2009-11-05, at 19:42, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>>>> My claim is that Data is not much like these things. I believe it
>>>> is more like String. It happens to be a sequence (of a very
>>>> specific type), but it's specialized enough to be worth treating
>>>> differently. Do people often regret that String is not an Array?
>>> Data is like an 8-bit "null encoded" String. Which makes me
>>> wonder if you really just want to extend String to allow different
>>> encodings. But I also regret String not being and Array. Others
>>> must have too, because at one point I'm sure there was a proposal
>>> to make  on string mean charAt?
>> ES5 does have bracket index access to the individual characters.
>> But it does not make String inherit from Array.prototype, or add
>> all of the Array methods. To make it more concrete, have you ever
>> wished you could use methods like map(), filter(), reduce() or
>> join() on a String?
> join's an oddball since it's effectively a no-op, but map() and
> filter(), absolutely.
Can you give specific use cases for these, maybe with hypothetical
Join would not be a no-op, and indeed you can use Array.prototype.join
on a String today:
Not a no-op but I'm not sure it's useful.
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