On Thu, Oct 20, 2005 at 06:39:34PM -0600, Luke Palmer wrote:
> On 10/20/05, Nate Wiger <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Luke Palmer wrote:
> > > The fact that we use . instead of -> (like every other language on
> > > the planet)?
> >
> > You're using my argument for me - thanks. See above.
> Huh?   So you want to go back to Perl 5's arrow?  *Anybody* coming to
> Perl 6 from some non-Perl 5 language is going to be more comfortable
> with dot.

Unless it was Smalltalk, C++, Haskell etc.

I really wish people wouldn't use the argument that . is used for method
calls everywhere.  It's not.

Surely we have a much better argument in what we used -> for instead?

> > > [1] Which will be, what, eight hours for a Perl 5 programmer?  Have
> > > you ever spent a month trying to learn, oh, say, Haskell?  Because
> > > people do that, too.
> >
> > There are more components to this that just the learning time for one
> > person. There are project teams, sustaining engineering for existing
> > projects, etc. And that's not even counting management tape. Real-world,
> > profitable computing is a big, ugly, nasty beast.

Basically that would mean that any team would never be able to change
language, right?  So there would be no difference if we wanted them to
change to Perl 5, Perl 6 or Haskell, so it doesn't seem very useful to
argue about this.


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