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I disagree. Yes, there are situations where 0^0 should be undefined, but there are also several cases where it should be 1. Given that, I don't want my numerical methods package to be crashing all the time because Perl thinks it should be undef.
The fact is, the coder should know which case he is interested in (1 or undef as the answer); I think it is better from a coding perspective to check for the undef case, and just allow the 0^0 == 1 case without special checking.
Now, who the heck is writing numerical methods packages in Perl--FORTRAN is the way to go :-)
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