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LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
Impact means "what does this cause" or "what does this effect",
not "what is this for".
I suspect if Ingo had used Purpose: there might have been little or no objection.
In search of the perfect changelog
Posted Apr 24, 2009 14:36 UTC (Fri) by nevets (subscriber, #11875)
I can say, the impact of that patch is the prevention of false warn ons. There is a very subtle difference between the two.
Posted May 1, 2009 21:54 UTC (Fri) by roelofs (guest, #2599)
One obvious difference is in the case of side effects (either temporary or long-term, e.g., "out-of-tree drivers depending on foobar semantics will no longer work"). In that situation the purpose is one thing, and the impact presumably includes that thing, but it also includes the side effects: i.e., the impact is a superset of the purpose (in such cases).
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