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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing:)

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Doug Currie
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 10:46 AM
Subject: Re: select("#", ...) idiom

LA> I dislike the suddenly-popular select( "#", ... ) idiom because it is
LA> uninformative (no selection is made), complicates select with unrelated
LA> behavior, and misappropriates the # symbol.

Given that # is the length operator, perhaps the token #... could be
used for this purpose.