Assignment Versus Equality

Grant Edwards grant.b.edwards at
Mon Jun 27 09:59:39 EDT 2016

On 2016-06-26, BartC <bc at> wrote:

> (Note, for those who don't know (old) Fortran, that spaces and tabs are 
> not significant. So those dots are needed, otherwise "a eq b" would be 
> parsed as "aeqb".)

I've always been baffled by that.

Were there other languages that did something similar?

Why would a language designer think it a good idea?

Did the poor sod who wrote the compiler think it was a good idea?

Grant Edwards               grant.b.edwards        Yow! I left my WALLET in
                                  at               the BATHROOM!!

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