No "side effect" assignment!

Martin Maney maney at
Thu Sep 18 07:00:10 CEST 2003

Asun Friere <afriere at> wrote:
> In terms of pandering to newbies, I think the requirement that loop
> conditions be expressions is much more squarely aimed at experienced
> programmers, who would otherwise be tempted to write unintelligible
> code by placing too much of the programs logic withing the loop
> condition.

Uhm, no.  *Experienced* programmers know better than to take usch
things to excess, unless the code is being written for a obfuscated
code contest.  As is so often the case, it's those difficult
in-betweeners, no longer innocent by virtue of ignorance, not yet
grown wise enough to eschew the merely clever, who bollix it all up for
the rest of us.

Threaten not the comic with your lawyers' bluster,
all toothless to supress parody and satire;
for you will not amuse him, but you may inspire him.
  (me, inspired by

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