RedSonja wrote:compilers are so clever nowadays they can handle this.
Well, they are compilers after all (i.e. How 'the fresh Hell' a compiler would handle that?).
RedSonja wrote:(I just surprised the new graduate, who wanted to know what an unsigned character is good for. Apart from using it as an unsigned character, in the old days when size mattered we used to use unsigned char to get an 8-bit integer. That was in image processing, with one integer for each pixel, etc.)
Since there is a rather general agreement among different machines about the size of a byte, then it may be indeed a good starting point.
If the Lord God Almighty had consulted me before embarking upon the Creation, I would have recommended something simpler.
-- Alfonso the Wise, 13th Century King of Castile.
This is going on my arrogant assumptions. You may have a superb reason why I'm completely wrong.
-- Iain Clarke