Title text: Of course, the assert doesn't work.
Cueball is writing a piece of code (probably in the programming language C++) that removes an item from a data structure called a Linked list (the first two lines of the text). Then, he writes a comment (delimited by the double slashes) relating the code to his personal life. Finally, he adds an assertion, which is normally a formal specification of a condition that should always be true (with which the programmer ensures that, e.g. mass is not negative). But in this case, instead of asserting a software-related predicate, he asserts that "it's going to be okay" - and because of how string literals are treated by the interpreter, the assertion will be true.
An "assert" is a programming statement that allows you to insert sanity checks into your code. For example, if you were writing a program to calculate the speed of a neutrino, then at the end of the calculation you could say:
assert ( velocity_of_neutrino <= speed_of_light );
If the assertion fails, then the program will stop with an error. This would be much better than publishing an embarrassing paper, for example.
Cueball realizes that he cannot forget his emotional event through the use of two commands as he can with a computer, which only makes him feel sad about an unsaid event, the item -- in a sense -- that cannot be removed. He writes two comments further clarifying his sense of hopelessness over this event, followed by an assertion that "it will be okay," something that has nothing to do with the code he is writing.
The title text explains that assertion in question fails: nobody can be sure that things are going to be okay.
- [Cueball sits at computer, coding.]
prev->next = toDelete->next; delete toDelete; //if only forgetting were //this easy for me.
- Cueball: <sniff>
- [Cueball lowers his head into his hands and cries.]
- [Cueball types again.]
assert "It's going to be okay.";
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The syntax for pointers in C++ is &pointer and *pointer. The arrow syntax is used e.g. in PHP. So this explain does need a review. And furthermore it should focus on the assert joke, understandable for non programmers.--Dgbrt (talk) 18:48, 31 July 2013 (UTC)
- Actually this works in C++ too. (*pointer).property is the same as pointer->property -- 17:58, 31 july 2013 (Time in Florida)
pair<int, int>* pntr = make_pair(5, 8); cout << (*pntr).first << endl; cout << pntr->first << endl; // the same as above -- 22:12, 31 July 2013 (Florida)
- I removed PHP as a possible language since PHP variable names start with a $. Zetfr 09:24, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
- IT IS A COMBINACION EN C++/ANOTHER LENGUAGE IN THE FOURTH PANEL ASSERT HAS NOT PARENTHESES. IN C++ THE ASSERT MUST HAVE THE PARENTHESES AND SO CANNOT BE A C++ PROGRAM. PLEASE ADVISE 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)