On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 09:46:25AM -0700, Larry Wall wrote:
: the VM somehow sneaks in the appropriate conversion for us if we
: actually try to pass an Int to a Rat.

I'd point out that this is fundamentally the same decision point that
is reached when we want to do boxing, because we basically have

    int as Int
    num as Num
    complex as Complex

to manage the representation change.


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