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On 8 Feb 2008, at 22:25, Fabien wrote:

Another track you might want to experiment, to get rid of parentheses around functions-as-params, is Haskell's $ operator. It's simply a binary __call operator with a very low priority. It would let you write " (function(x) ... end)" as: $ function(x)

The $ operator has a certain elegance and simplicity which I find not incompatible with the Lua way, actually. [...]

While it does indeed appear to fit in, it's not exactly the same logic as what Ruby does (and which I think is also useful):

	t.sort { |a,b| a > b }

In Ruby, it adds the {...} as hidden special arg *into* the preceding call. The point being that "t.sort" by itself is also a call to the sort method (Ruby allows dropping parens when there are no args), so the {...} is optional here. And it allows for writing "obj.meth(arg) {...}", all being a single call.

I'm not advocating that Lua be changed to become Ruby, of course - just adding details which may help a potential implementer find the best fit for Lua.

So far, I think Miles Bader's proposal comes closest:
	t:sort(|a,b|( a > b ))  and  t:each(|x|{ print x })

My only suggestion with this would to consider allowing the |... to optionally *follow* the call, i.e.
	t:sort() |a,b|( a > b )
or perhaps even
	t:sort |a,b|( a > b )
But I'm way out of my league now on whether it is even possible to fit something along these lines into the syntax.

Let alone convince the right people that all this is worth it :)

To generalize about syntax discussions, my experience is that you need to actually try a syntax for a couple of weeks before forming a useful advice about it.

Good point (and thanks for pointing out the problem with "... > 7 :sort ...").