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On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 3:19 AM,  <> wrote:
> Geoff Leyland wrote:

You accidentally attributed this to the wrong person. :)

>> In most languages I've seen, it's uncommon to put multiple
>> stand-alone statements on the same line.
> Well, I do it quite a lot; e.g.
>   i=1; j=1; k=1;
> where the three statements form a semantic unit. Just like in
> maths prose you might see: "In the x=1 y=3 case this becomes..."
> Or:
>   param1 = string.byte(trackdata, i); i = i+1
>   param2 = string.byte(trackdata, i); i = i+1
> where it's vital that the extraction of the parameter never gets
> separated from the increment of the index.

In Lua, the first case can be changed to "i, j, k = 1, 1, 1", but I
agree that that's useful in non-contrived situations.

With the second, I'm liable to miss the increment in a casual
read-through. In fact, I did until I read what you said after it. I'd
rather put the code in a function and call it that way, truly ensuring
that each operation is associated with an increment.

>> Why use a semicolon where a newline would do?
> It saves space on the screen, thus giving a better overview of
> the code while editing.

My point is that, as the primary "end-of-statement", I find the
newline works well. The semicolon can always be used in those cases
where you do want them on a single line. But I'm definitely not
suggesting that the newline be the only end-of-statement marker...
there are simply some places where a newline would not "do".

(At this point, I'm not really suggesting much at all anyways.)