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... Larry