[Haskell-cafe] Comma in the front

Jon Fairbairn jon.fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Jul 13 09:44:14 EDT 2006

On 2006-07-13 at 09:35EDT mark at ixod.org (Mark T.B. Carroll)  wrote:
> Jon Fairbairn <jon.fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk> writes:
> > a::
> > b::
> > c:.
> >
> > but when I suggested this at a Haskell meeting, Simon PJ
> > complained that it "looks like hopscotch". I've never quite
> > understood that complaint!
> http://blogs.salon.com/0002296/myimages/hopscotch.jpg and
> http://www.northshield.org/officers/seneschal/moy/games/hopscotch.gif
> suggest to me that the pattern of : and . going up in a row is a bit
> like the squares along the linear 'course' (or list (-:) where sometimes
> you get one and sometimes two.

Well, perhaps (the pattern I associate with hopscotch is the
first, ie ·:·:·:·, which could never happen since :. is the
end of the list), but that still leaves open the question
"What's bad about that?" :-)


Jón Fairbairn                              Jon.Fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk

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