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  • I like it when programs march on stubbornly in the face of impossible odds. It makes me feel smarter than them.

    There is historical justification for a compiler to do this. Back in the days of punch cards and line printers, the time between submitting a job to compile a program and seeing the result was measured in minutes, hours, or days. So, it was extremely important for the compiler to tell you about as many errors as possible in a single run so that you could fix as much as possible before sending t

  • (replying several months late :-)

    What is scary is that it got to line 56367 before it noticed that something was wrong...

    • Hey, better late than never, and it's a good point.

      I took a closer look at the file. Line 56367 seems pretty boring, although line 56366 is much more interesting. It contains the word


      To avoid this error in future, I think the addition of the keyword "aardvark" to the language would be of vital importance. There's just the small detail of figuring out what it would do.