English-like Python

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Wed Jan 21 03:53:01 CET 2009


Joe Strout wrote:
> Aaron Brady wrote:
> 
>> I think it would be a good step if you could make some sensible
>> interpretation of a typical statement without its parentheses.
>>
>> f "abc" 123
>> -->
>> f( "abc", 123 )

How would you differentiate

f 'abc' + 'def'
as
f('abc') + 'def'
versus
f('abc' + 'def')

> Such a language is possible -- take a look at REALbasic sometime.  RB 
> certainly has its problems (mainly bugs), but the language syntax is 
> beautiful.  To your point, parentheses are not required around any 
> method call that (1) has no return value, or (2) requires no parameters. 
>  Example:
> 
>  LogError "Walk has gotten too silly", CurrentTime

LogError('walk', Time) # versus
LogError('walk'), Time

Perhaps RB does not have tuple literals.




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