OT Signature quote [was Re: Unrecognized escape sequences in string literals]
Hendrik van Rooyen
hendrik at microcorp.co.za
Sun Aug 16 13:42:14 CEST 2009
On Sunday 16 August 2009 12:18:11 Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> In any case, after half a century of left-from-right assignment, I think
> it's worth the experiment in a teaching language or three to try it the
> other way. The closest to this I know of is the family of languages
> derived from Apple's Hypertalk, where you do assignment with:
> put somevalue into name
> (Doesn't COBOL do something similar?)
move banana to pineapple.
move accountnum in inrec to accountnum in outrec.
move corresponding inrec to outrec.
It should all be upper case of course...
I cannot quite recall, but I have the feeling that in the second form, "of"
was also allowed instead of "in", but it has been a while now so I am
The move was powerful - it would do conversions for you based on the types of
the operands - it all "just worked".
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