* Peter Scott <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> [2008-08-13 19:20]: > If we allow operator symbols in identifiers then the world > will divide into those people who look at Perl 6 programs > only through syntax-highlighting editors and don't know what > all the fuss is about naming a variable $e*trade since it is > all purple, and those people who give up on reading the other > people's programs.
False dilemma. See Bob Rogers’ mail in this thread; some languages already allow all these symbols and the net effect is zero, because they take more work to type and people are lazy. That said, I really *really* like the idea of embedded dashes in identifiers (not least because underscores offend my amateur typophile self), but the idea of being able to embed other operator-ish symbols in identifiers leaves me utterly cold. I strongly doubt that if they are put in, it’ll cause the end of Perl 6, as you argue, but I also don’t care at all about whether they are allowed. I’m not going to use them anyway. Regards, -- Aristotle Pagaltzis // <http://plasmasturm.org/>