Say, how about parentheses?
>aybe it would make it that much easier to
>get a working compiler like people have been asking for, if the syntax
>was lisp-like (again), and maybe "the boat" took all the folks that
>would have had a problem with the parentheses. Just a (naive, I'm sure)
In general, parsing is the easiest part of any programming language
implementation. Some languages (e.g. Lisp, Forth, postscript
) are easier
to parse than others, but this is rarely the issue that delays
implementation. Dylan's macros add a wrinkle that doesn't exist in most
other Algol-descended language syntaces, so they can't just use a common
parser-generator, but I doubt it's the holdup.
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