behavior of =

Duncan Murdoch
Fri, 08 Nov 2002 13:05:30 -0500

On 08 Nov 2002 09:55:34 -0800, you wrote:

>>>>>> "duncan" == Duncan Murdoch <> writes:

>    duncan> I would say a better change (but not good enough to be worth doing,
>    duncan> because it would break so much) would be to drop "=" as an assignment
>    duncan> operator, and use ":=" for that purpose.
>Why not "<-"  instead of ":="?  I still don't understand why this is
>in anyway better (except for pascal and modula programmers, see
>Thomas' point from a while back: "If you want those constructs, use
>those languages", is application.

Because "=" is different from "<-".  I'm suggesting that if we want
that distinction, then we should use the pair ":=" and "<-", rather
than overloading the meaning of "=".

But perhaps we don't need the distinction at all.

Duncan Murdoch
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