quiz: add 0 to return value: gotcha # lval

Given calcTax(), I sometimes convert the returned value — simply add 0. I used to think this is completely harmless and has no effect on the program.

Now I don’t feel that way. calcTax() could return by reference, so we can take the address of this “expression” like


In other words, calcTax() is an lvalue expression. If you add 0, you get a rvalue expression! Basically a temporary object. You can’t take its address.


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