Title text: Of course, the assert doesn’t work.
Cueball is writing a piece of code (probably in the programming language C++) which removes an item from a data structure called a Linked list (the first two lines of the text). Then, he writes a comment (which is delimited by the double slashes) relating the code to his personal life. Finally, he adds an assertion, which is normally a formal specification of a condition which should always be true (with which the programmer ensures that e.g. mass is not negative). But in this case, instead of asserting a software-related predicate, he asserts that “it’s going to be okay.”
- [Cueball sits at computer, coding]
- Text on computer: prev->next = toDelete->next;
- delete toDelete;
- // if only forgetting were
- // this easy for me
- Cueball at computer: <sniff>
- [Man at computer lowers his head into his hands and cries]
- [Cueball types again]
- Text on computer: assert "It's going to be okay.";
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