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Maybe, if we're making operator changes, we could go all out.

use colons - uses : for method calls and dereferencing. Uses !! for introducing the last part of the ternary operator. (Uses of "!!" to mean "not not" will have to be replaced by "! !", that is, with a space in the middle. This is clearer anyway.)

use colon_equals -- uses := for assignment instead of =, and uses = for numeric comparison

use nostash -- Eliminates the stash, in favor of just having a scalar entry and dereferencing as necessary. @x becomes shorter syntax for @{$x}, %x shorthand for %{$x}, you get the idea.

use worddot -- "." is confusing, since inside regular numbers (and v-strings I guess) it forms part of a term, but elsewhere is an operator that separates terms. (Why doesn't 5.5 result in the concatenation of the stringifications of the two 5s?). This pragma would (as in, I vaguely recall, QuickBASIC) make dot a word character, instead of "_". This pragma would replace "_" with "." except that the decimal point would still be "." Then "." would always be a character inside a term, and _ would always be a regular punctuation character, usable for operators.

Might be a while before I can learn enough to write patches...

In reply to Re^2: Thoughts on replacing -> with . by Aaronrp
in thread Thoughts on replacing -> with . by Aaronrp

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