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The closest example to this that I've run into is extremely close. When Perl changed the interpretation of "print (" to be the same as "print(", I found that the problems clearly increased, and stayed up even long after the change. So I enthusiastically support Perl6's idea to not allow whitespace in a few key places where whitespace has no good reason to be.

Putting whitespace between a hash and the '{' makes as much sense to me as wanting to write "10 . 45 e - 12" because it is "easier to read" (no, actually wanting spaces in some numbers makes more sense to me).

Not all whitespace improves readability. "$foo {bar}" looks like a scalar followed by something and causes me to fault and backtrack in my parsing of the code when I can't figure out why the code even compiles. Why have you crouded $ and foo so close together? That must be hard for you read. q-:

I realize that the tokenizer considers the tokens to be '$', 'foo', then '{' for that case but considers '10.45e-12' to be single token. But my "tokenizer" sees '$foo{' as a single conceptual token and breaks the number into '10.45' and 'e-12'.

- tye        


In reply to Re^2: Apocalypse 12 (whitespace) by tye
in thread Apocalypse 12 by broquaint

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