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After reading through Apocalypse 12, I finally started to get a handle on Abigail-II's concern, but I can't buy the argument. The vast majority of Perl code that I see does not use whitespace in quite the way Abigail-II does:

%hash {foo} = 'bar'; # illegal in Perl 6, as Abigail points out # versus: %hash{foo} = 'bar'; # what the rest of the world does

Admittedly, some people might find this to be a minor annoyance. Further, sometimes programmers do what Abigail does when trying to format a bunch of variables neatly. However, you can get around that if you really need to (IIRC):

%hash .{foo} = 'bar'; # note the dot

This minor inconvenience seems a small price to pay for the benefits we gain. Many of those benefits, in fact, are involved with giving Perl a powerful, robust OO model. This is one of Abigail's main complaints about Perl 5 -- and a reasonable one at that -- so I'm rather suprised that there's not more acceptance of the minor inconvenience. That's why I'm a bit confused about what Abigail's objections really are because I can't see this as being a serious issue.


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In reply to Re(3): Perl 6 Whitespace Issues by Ovid
in thread How to Sell Perl 6 by Ovid

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