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Old November 4, 2011, 17:27   #19
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Buzzkill: index numbers are bad because they mean reordering the list is a major pain. For example, monster.txt is mostly in order of increasing monster level, with townspeople at the beginning and Morgoth...not quite at the end, because new monsters got added and rather than reorder the entire list so they'd be at the right place, they were just tacked onto the end where there was room for them.

It's like how BASIC's enforced code line numbers were bad; any time you want to insert something into the middle, you have to push everything else down.
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