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Re: snmpconf language implementation

No, we are specifically prohibitted by charter from "creating a new 
language".  I believe that the purpose of that restriction was in part to 
keep us from going down these ratholes.
Joel M. Halpern

At 08:38 AM 4/3/01 -0400, Ray Byler wrote:

>I still think nested comments should be allowed.  We are not
>re-implementing C, we are creating a new language, and that
>gives us the chance to remedy defects in C.  Not allowing nested
>comments is a defect.  Many C compiler implementors recognized
>this, and created their compilers accordingly.  Cost: none; it
>is trivial to implement in the lexer.  Benefit: it saves the
>programmer from wasting time on spurious errors.  Finally,
>any compiler that does allow nested comments will have a
>competitive advantage over one that doesn't.
>Also, I feel strongly that the C defect of not specifying
>argument evaluation order is not something that should be
>carried over to this language.  I don't really care whether
>the order is left-to-right or right-to-left, as long as we
>have a standard.  I'm perfectly willing to take the extra
>hour to rewrite my code so evaluation is left-to-right.  That
>way we have a much greater chance that scripts will always
>produce the intended results.
>Ray Byler