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[REBOL] Re: Parsing comment

From: steven:white:ci:bloomington:mn:us at: 24-Sep-2002 12:21

>I.e., he's suggesting that we should use parenthesis like Lisp. My >answer is, no comment. >(There are a lot of things in REBOL that could be criticized, but >this one really makes no sense to me.)
His reasoning might be what stumped me for a long time with REBOL. Some of us are so used to languages requiring punctuation that we develop a subtle reliance on it for clues about what we are reading, such as, what are the parameters for a function, which statements are executed if a condition is true, where does the program start, where does it end. It has taken me a while to get over that. I've been wondering if I should try writing a book called REBOL For COBOL Programmers. Of course the other side of the punctuation issue is that if it is required, then errors in it can make interesting program bugs. (Reminds me about the episode of the period and the fuzzy paper...) Steven White City of Bloomington 2215 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington MN 55431-3096 USA 952-563-4882 (voice) 952-563-4672 (fax) [swhite--ci--bloomington--mn--us]