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- Subject: Re: syntax likes and dislikes (RE: Evaluating LUA)
- From: Edgar Toernig <froese@...>
- Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 22:42:56 +0200
Eric Tetz wrote:
> --- Edgar Toernig <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > IMHO, the additional tokens "then" and "end" only obfuscate the real
> > meaning of the statements. I would prefer:
> Well, 'end' is hard to get rid of, but 'then' is already totally unneeded
> by the compiler. It could be made optional by tweaking one line of code,
> with zero side effects. Same goes for the "do" following "for" and "while"
> loops, totally unneeded.
> I would love to see these superfluous tokens be made optional, given us a
> slightly leaner, Python-esque source.
Hehe, part of Sol's changelog:
>sol 0.61 Thu, 02 Aug 2001 03:17:36 +0200 by froese
>Version-Log: made 'then' and 'do' optional
But later on I decided that it's a bad idea exactly because that
would prohibit a later change I described in my previous posting.
I.e. if someday I decide that a semicolon is a required statement
terminator I could implement single statement if's, while's, and for's.
But when 'do' and 'then' are already optional you cannot decide any
more whether it's a short or long form.
 ... but forgot to undo it.