in reply to Re^2: How is perl able to handle the null byte?
in thread How is perl able to handle the null byte?
Reminding me of a classic exchange from a CS class I took once (OK, the CS class I took...):
Student (slightly paraphrased): you mentioned that the address after the last member of the array is guaranteed to be a legal address, though you don't technically have it allocated to you. Don't a lot of people use that fact to just pretend their array indexes are 1-based instead of 0-based?
Professor: Lot's of people J-walk, too! Some of them get killed!
Ah, those were the days... ;-)