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Martijn Lievaart
March 14, 2022 17:24
Re: Pre-RFC: builtin:: functions for detecting numbers vs strings
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Op 14-03-2022 om 11:53 schreef Ovid via perl5-porters:
> On Monday, 14 March 2022, 06:37:26 CET, Darren Duncan <> wrote:
>> I made good name proposals already:
>>   - is_canonically_a_number()
>>   - is_canonically_a_string()
>>   - is_canonically_a_boolean()
> Naming is hard. Very hard. It's even harder when many people are non-native English speakers. I'm a native English speaker and a writer and it wasn't clear to me that "canonically" is appropriate here. I hit ( and not a single definition appears to fit the meaning of this as I understand it. You could check other dictionaries, such as Merriam-Webster, Collins, etc., and again, canonically doesn't quite seem to fit (Collins seem the closest to what you're saying
> The most accurate description I can think of is something like:
>      was_initialized_as_number()
> But we don't do past-tense, so perhaps the slightly awkward:
>      is_initialized_as_number()

For me as a non-native, was_initialized_as_number() seems to me to be 
the best purveyor of the meaning intented. So do use the past tense afaic.



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