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How to Tell the Difference Between a Default and a Provided Value for Optional Argume

It is sometimes required for the methods with optional arguments to be able to differentiate between its default value and the value passed from the caller. Passing nil might initially sound like a good idea since it represents “nothingness”. However, it might turn out that nil is a legit value and there might be cases where it is desirable for the caller to pass nil. In such a case, we cannot use it as a default value if we want to implement a special logic for the case of not providing that value.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to deal with it – use a special constant. Read more

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