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0, 1, Many, a Zillion

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0, 1, Many, a Zillion

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There are only four numbers in computer programs:

0, 1, many, "a zillion"

If you have 2 or more of anything, you are, in general, better off using loops to process many of them.

But what is "a zillion?"

Zillion is a made-up number. Your system cannot hold a zillion items in memory. It cannot show a zillion items on the screen.

Doesn't work for "a zillion":

Select employee name:

Doesn't work for "a zillion":

def handleFiles( filenames: Array[String] ) {
    val results = openFiles(filenames).readAll().processAll()
* The program first opens all the files, and then processes them. The OS will run out of file handles.

Doesn't work for "a zillion":

Changing software from handling "many" to "a zillion" is hard if the program is already written.

Decide when to you need to handle a zillion.

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