Are Python's reserved words reserved in places they dont need to be?
roy at panix.com
Wed Sep 13 05:49:09 CEST 2006
In article <1158118298.156680.7500 at m73g2000cwd.googlegroups.com>,
"Carl Banks" <pavlovevidence at gmail.com> wrote:
> Alex Martelli wrote:
> > IBM (PL/I's inventor and rabid defender) found out the hard way that
> > making the parser more complicated, slow and bug-prone in order to allow
> > such absurd obfuscation was NOT a popular trade-off -- despite IBM's
> > alleged monopoly power, PL/I is now basically dead while the older,
> > crankier languages that PL/I wanted to replace, Cobol and particularly
> > Fortran, are still quite alive (and with reserved words ALWAYS reserved
> > -- like in C, Python, Java, C#, Haskell, and basically every language
> > that's even halfway sensible;-).
> Except Fortran doesn't have any reserved words either:
> PROGRAM KWDS
> REAL REAL,WRITE
> (Not sure whether it's true in Fortran 9x.)
> Carl Banks
As I remember, you didn't need the whitespace either. IIRC, your example
above could have been written as:
and worked just as well. I have nightmares thinking about writing a
fortran parser. Oh yeah, spaces were the same as zeros on input, too.
What a wonderful language.
Isn't it wonderful how nothing you write ever gets lost once google gets
it's hands on it:
(personally, I think the one about the little girl buying a wabbit in the
pet store is the best of the collection).
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