On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 09:46:29AM -0400, Mark J. Reed wrote:
: Is it just me, or is all this talk about precedence and functions vs
: operators vs methods creating a niggling sensation in anyone else's
: head?  It feels like we're in the vicinity of another one of them Big
: Simplifying Idea things.  Unfortunately, I don't have the actual Big
: Idea, so it could just be a false alarm.

We're in the vicinity of a lot of big ideas here, but most of them are
already thunk of and documented in one of the synopses.  I think any
additional Big Simplifying Ideas at this point would only simplify
things for us, not for the user (which is the usual failure mode of
Big Simplifying Ideas).

: On the one hand, I'm worried that Perl6 is going to turn into the
: computer equivalent of Quenya, which was never completed because its
: creator couldn't stop tinkering.  (No offense to Larry intended..)  On
: the other, given how much design thought has gone into it thus far,
: much of it radical, it would be terrible to miss an opportunity to do
: something great in the rush to git 'er done.

Um, you're missing something basic here; most of the radical design we
have so far is there *precisely* because it will allow us to publish
snapshots of the language without ever finishing the language.  :)

If you can't fix it, feature it...


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