Whitespace as syntax (was Re: Python Rocks!)

Richard Brodie R.Brodie at rl.ac.uk
Thu Feb 17 08:46:13 EST 2000

"Eaglestone, Robert [NGC:B918:EXCH]" <eaglesto at americasm01.nt.com> wrote in message
news:38A33AD9.3F4EA190 at americasm01.nt.com...

> There must be a reason or rationale between 1) the ubiquity
> of bracketed syntax

If you think of the languages in common use today they are
mostly in some sense descended from 'C': C++, Java, Perl for
example. Languages with other ancestry, even procedural ones
like Fortran, Pascal or BASIC don't.

So its seems to me that the compelling reason is inertia.

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