[ghc-steering-committee] Record dot syntax: vote results

Vitaly Bragilevsky bravit111 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 16:48:55 UTC 2020

Well, this was not a problem 30 years ago:
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ср, 1 апр. 2020 г. в 12:44, Richard Eisenberg <rae at richarde.dev>:

> Small note: It sounds like we're getting ready to wrap this up with that
> post of Simon's on GitHub. Might I humbly suggest we wait one more day?
> Declaring the committee's vote today, April 1, might only sow confusion. :)
> Richard
> On Apr 1, 2020, at 7:00 AM, Alejandro Serrano Mena <trupill at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> El mié., 1 abr. 2020 a las 0:09, Iavor Diatchki (<iavor.diatchki at gmail.com>)
> escribió:
>> Hello,
>>    - Indeed, you could write some expressions that might look confusing
>> at first, but I don't see why would you?  After all, one could use the
>> exact same argument for many other notations in pretty much any programming
>> language (e.g., operator precedences can be used to write confusing
>> code---it doesn't mean that they are not very useful sometime).
> But I think it's important to think also of potentially confusing type
> errors which may arise if we allow such freedom. I find easier to simply
> say "f r .x" cannot be parsed, and then asking the user to disambiguate
> between "(f r).x" or "f r.x" than to allow it in the parser and then obtain
> a huge error message.
> Part of the reason why I'm so concerned about it is that my prediction is
> that this is not "just" any other extension. Many people, including
> beginners, will enable this by default, since it makes one slightly alien
> part of Haskell (field access) look like what they might be used to.
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