On 6/20/05, BÁRTHÁZI András <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> - in natural languages, synonims are very often - alias is a synonim
Perl is modeled on natural languages, but that doesn't mean it is one.
At its core, Perl is a limited, artificial language being explicitly
designed with certain goals. One of those goals is that it should be
as small as possible given the feature set we want it to support; an
`alias` built-in that essentially duplicates an existing feature goes
against that goal.
> - in Perl 6, currently there's no way to create a reference to a
> variable, _with the context of the variable_, too (binding just give
> me possibility to bind a variable into another, but the new variable
> won't be automatically have the same context, as the binded one)
I'm not sure what you mean by "context" here. Context has a very
specific meaning in Perl, representing the type a function's caller is
expecting; this doesn't seem to be what you're talking about here.
> alias kilobytes, kilobyte;
This is a couple punctuation symbols short of:
&kilobytes := &kilobyte;
&kilobytes ::= &kilobyte;
I'm not really sure what behavior you have in mind for alias.
(By the way, a simple name like "alias" is ambiguous about argument
order, where an operator isn't.)
Brent 'Dax' Royal-Gordon <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Perl and Parrot hacker