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          Egor Skriptunoff <> wrote:

>I'd like to suggest to treat
>{ function a() end }
>as equivalent of
>{ a = function() end }
>Such sugar would be useful in metatable constructors and in OOP.
>It would not break old code: new syntax was a syntax error in previous Lua

May I register mild, very mild, disagreement? It hinges on the word 'useful'.
The only use that I can see of this particular syntactic sugar is to
delay the acceptance of higher order languages by those who have been
brought up solely on first-order languages. In other words, from the
educational point of view and for assisting clarity of understanding, not
useful at all.

A more cogent argument for your suggestion, IMHO, is consistency.
My personal taste is to ignore this particular sugar anyway. It has a
slight smack of dishonesty. Tell users to be brave and face up to the
fact that functions are first-class citizens!

Gavin Wraith (
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