There are many kinds of blank or empty values, that mean different things.

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## Zero

Zero means quantitatively or numerically none, implying that a numeric value exists.

What does that mean?

## What is a Value?

“Value” is a quantitative or qualitative aspect or attribute.

As an example, something could have monetary value (cost), quantitative value (representation of a number), or qualitative value (such as “blue” or “good”).

If we say something has the value of “zero”, we are implying that it represents or is equivalent to the quantity zero, but that it DOES have a numeric quality (quantitative value).

## Blank

Blank is an empty value.

When we say something is “blank”, we mean that there is nothing there. What we really mean is a space where SOMETHING could be stored or written.

Blank means that the specified value *exists* but is empty.

As an example, when you adopt a puppy, we know that puppies have names, but perhaps you haven’t given it a name yet. The space exists for the puppy’s name, but the name is currently *blank.*

Blank is represented by an empty string: “”

## Empty

Empty is a set with nothing in it.

A set is a group of similar things, such as letters, numbers, weather temperatures, or airplane velocities.

A set with nothing in it has no members, and is therefore “empty”

In math, an empty set looks like this: { }

## Null

Null means that a value exists, but the blank for it hasn’t been created yet.

For example, some people name their cars, and others don’t. Every car *could* have a name, but perhaps *this* particular car doesn’t have one. This car’s name is a null value.

In programming, a pointer is initially not pointing to anything, and is said to be “Null”.

A null value is represented by: -0-

## Nothing

“Nothing” is the opposite of “something”.

If you have *no car*, your car is equal to nothing. If you have *no puppy*, your puppy is equal to nothing.

In programming, “nothing” is used to de-reference a pointer, and release the memory used by the memory structure it had been using.

*On a side note, if you have no car, and no puppy, you must be really sad!*

## Undefined

Beyond “nothing”, which is the lack of “something”, *undefined* means that the “something” in question can never exist.

For example, the square root of -1 can’t exist — any number multiplied by itself yields a positive integer. In math, this is resolved using the “imaginary” number, *i.*

Another example is dividing some number by zero. Division means taking a quantity of *somethings* (the dividend) and putting them evenly in the number of specified buckets (the divisor) to determine how many *somethings* go in each bucket (the quotient). As the divisor decreases (fewer buckets), the quotient gets larger. Fractional buckets yield quotients that are much larger than the original quantity of somethings. If you put 8 somethings in 4 buckets, 2 is the quotient. If you put the same 8 somethings in 1/2 bucket, the answer is 16! As the size of the bucket approaches zero, the resulting answer approaches infinity!

From a procedural standpoint, putting *x* amount of *somethings* in to 0 buckets makes no sense.