6.7 Null Procedures
Reason: There are
no null functions because the return value has to be constructed somehow;
a function that always raises Program_Error doesn't seem very useful
or worth the complication.
The execution of a null procedure is invoked by
a subprogram call. For the execution of a subprogram call on a null procedure,
the execution of the subprogram_body
has no effect.
a null procedure is equivalent to the body
with the exception that
a null procedure can be used in place of a procedure specification.
procedure Simplify(Expr : in out Expression) is null; -- see 3.9
-- By default, Simplify does nothing, but it may be overridden in extensions of Expression
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