> This was definitively rejected by Larry in 2002: Yes. That is good to see and I do think I remember seeing that or some similar postings come to think of it. Thank you for shaking my memory.
Now it is 2006. Object syntax has changed. Little bits and pieces (and sometimes larger chunks) of the Perl 6 grammar have changed and reverted and changed again. I don't know what the reasoning was back then and it may be the same today. I'm just wondering what that reason is. Maybe nested statement modifiers promote bad language skills. Maybe its because statement modifiers have always been frowned upon in the language and it wasn't a good idea to promote their status. Maybe it was very difficult to allow for parsing of nested statement modifiers. Maybe it was too difficult to rewrite the operation tree. Maybe nested statement modifiers violate spoken language too much. I can see some of these reasons still being valid. But others I don't see being valid anymore. It is trivial to change the grammar. It is some patches to the tg file to allow it to loop (which may take some more effort). It is a feature that may not be used by many but is useful to others. The following is one more interesting case. say "Ok then" if $yes and $true unless $no or $false; Without nested modifiers you'd have either: say "Ok then" if $yes and $true and ! $no and ! $false; or say "OK then" unless ! $yes or ! $true or $no $or $false; And everybody knows you shouldn't use double negatives. I can't change the mind of Larry but the mind of Larry can be changed. I can't speak for others, but I have found myself wanting to do similar things in Perl 5 and I would wager other people have also. I'll be quiet if you'd like me to be, unless you don't want me to be. :) Paul