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Despite my fastidious coding habits, I have made a silly mistake and typed += when I meant to type +. As a result, when concatUnsafe is called, it will modify the arguments out and s1, which may come as surprise to the userwho would expect a concatenation function to modify one of the source strings?

const to the rescue.

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"X to the rescue" is an idiom that means that X is coming to save us from a bad situation. It means that const will be the solution to the problem. Using this idiom is a more playful and informal way of saying this.

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Thank you,english is something strange,so do other languages! It confused me for a long time! –  Liu Sep 7 '10 at 1:17

It can be thought as omitting a couple of words:

const [is coming] to the rescue.

In other words, const will save you from making the programming mistake described in the text. (By the look of it, the author is talking about strings in C, which are indeed a potential minefield - so tread carefully!)

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Thank you for your answer and your advice of c programming. –  Liu Sep 7 '10 at 1:16
    
So += is how we concatenate strings in C? –  delete Sep 7 '10 at 1:57
    
@Shinto: I was thinking that the function was computing the offset in the destination string at which to append the second source string, or something like that...but on reflection, I may just be digging a hole for myself... :-) –  Steve Melnikoff Sep 7 '10 at 9:24
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@Shint, @Steve: seems to be C++ and std::string. –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Sep 7 '10 at 14:32

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