Case Sensitivity and Learnability

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Wed Feb 2 19:27:40 CET 2000


Glen Starchman wrote:
> 
> Case sensitivity is a wonderful thing. With a language like VB which is not
> case-sensitive (although the IDE will change all occurences of a variable to the
> first defined case)  the developer may refer to objPerson as OBJperson,
> oBJPeRsOn, etc... personally I find this annoying, and a terrible practice to
> get into if the developer then has to write C code!

If the IDE normalizes case for you, what's the problem?

One of Visual Basic's great features is that the IDE helps you *a lot*
to get things right. It is perfect for newbies. Python's case
sensitivity would not be a problem if there was an IDE that detected
when you had misused case and corrected it for you (...this probably
requires type annotation....)

Maybe the CP4E *debugger* should detect case sensitivity problems at
runtime and should just "fix up" the source code.

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