Indentations and future evolution of languages

Tim Rowe digitig at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 20:25:06 CET 2009


2009/3/6  <bearophileHUGS at lycos.com>:
> This is an interesting post, it shows me that fitness plateau where
> design of Python syntax lives is really small, you can't design
> something just similar:
>
> http://unlimitednovelty.com/2009/03/indentation-sensitivity-post-mortem.html

I don't think the article is right that "it's silly to have some
expression/statement groupings indentation based and some grouped by
enclosing tokens" -- provided it's done right. The OCAML-based
language F# accepts OCAML enclosing tokens, but if you mark the groups
with indentation they're not necessary (but still legal). That seems
to me to work pretty cleanly.

-- 
Tim Rowe



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