Wed, 13 Feb 2002 8:24:22 -0500
> From: Joe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Does anybody with their elbows in the
> code think variable interpolation and/or
> multi-line strings are good/doable ideas?
Can't say I have my elbows in the code, but I think that
multi-line strings could be useful. I'm not sure what I
think about variable interpolation... I imagine it would
make the language somewhat more difficult to parse. What
would this be like, anyway? Something like
"foo $(bar) baz" = "foo"++bar++"baz" ?
And then you'd have to have some sort of quoting rule, for
dollar signs followed by parens... I guess you'd probably
want some variant that automatically applies show...
> Would this be the sort of change one could make
> without a lot of previous familiarity with
> the implementation of Hugs/Ghc?
You'd certainly need to be familiar with how to specify
syntax, and how to write a parser.
> It would be a *signifigant* boon to those
> of us trying to get haskell into organizations
> by using it as "maintainable perl/sh", and
Haskell is not a "maintainable perl/sh". It is not a good
language for simple shell scripts, and is not good for
string processing either. Have you tried Scsh? Or
Python? I don't think that supporting string hacking is a
major goal for Haskell.
> generally make an already delightful language
> more delightful.
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