On Mon, Jul 11, 2005 at 11:14:18AM +0200, Michele Dondi wrote: : Hmmm... I am one of those who likes ./ more, instead. I mean, I _really_ : like it! Thus, how about making '/' less meaningless, i.e. more : meaningful, in more general situations?!?
Um, do you have a specific proposal? Like maybe / can be applied as a metaoperator to any binary operator to make it into a unary operator with the left side implicitly $?SELF, or some such? Hmm... if ==/ 3 # if $?SELF == 3 could even extend it to postfix ops: ++/; # $?SELF++ However, it has several problems. First, "." isn't really a binary operator, but the prefix of a postfix operator. Second, the / is potentially ambiguous with a following pattern unless we require space before termish /. Third, the / is psychologically in the wrong place to stand in for something in front. Or to turn these on their head, we've just made three good arguments for something like: if o == 3 and o++; I'm afraid that, while ./ is cute and visually distinctive, I find I'm getting tired of its idiosyncracies. You shouldn't go out and marry someone just because they're cute and visually distinctive. Hooray for long engagements, and occasional disengagements. Larry