Yes, it bothers me.

If it stays, I suppose I'll accept it, but it is such a horrendously bad
idea that could easily be done in user-space instead....this is *NOT*
the kind of thing that should be encouraged on a language level.

On Fri, 7 Sep 2001, Rodent of Unusual Size wrote the following to PHP...:

> * On 2001-09-07 at 23:06,
>   Joey Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> excited the electrons to say:
> > 
> > So let's be the first ones to get our heads on straight and get rid of
> > this ridiculous concept. It is, IMHO, one of the worst ideas in the
> > history of the world...I'd really rather be reading perl regular
> > expressions than this.
> Um, it has been around since sometime in version 3.  Have you
> noticed it before?  Has it bothered you?
> I think at this point it should be considered a legacy exception.
> Getting rid of it is going to break a lot of existing *user* scripts.
> Doing that to them for the sake of language elegance hardly sounds
> like a good idea to me..

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