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Re: Dots and cargo-cult programming

by PsionicMan (Beadle)
on Jul 15, 2001 at 05:06 UTC ( #96804=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Dots and cargo-cult programming

I write very little object based code. This being the case, I don't really have a bias on this issue (most code i have right now will port fine).

That being said, I'd much rather use . than ->. Why? It's soooo much easier to type. I mean, really... reach all the way up to the hyphen, then all the way down (and holding shift) for the greaterthan (don't know the real name). Maybe I'm a weak typist, but it annoys the hell outa me.

Just my $.02.


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Re: Re: Dots and cargo-cult programming
by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor) on Jul 17, 2001 at 02:58 UTC
    for the greaterthan (don't know the real name)
    The offical ISO name is indeed "GREATER-THAN SIGN".

    The Jargon File lists the following common names, in rough order of popularity:

    < > Common: <less/greater than>; bra/ket; l/r angle; l/r angle bracket; l/ +r broket. Rare: from/{into, towards}; read from/write to; suck/blow; +comes-from/gozinta; in/out; crunch/zap (all from UNIX); tic/tac; [ang +le/right angle].
    In INTERCAL, it's called the "right angle".


      Okay, I just couldn't resist this...

      This is old, but still cute enough to amuse me:

      A poll conducted among poets had established "waka" as the proper pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters < and >, though some poets held out for "norkies." The text of the poem follows: <>!*''# ^"`$$- !*=@$_ %*<>~#4 &[]../ |{,, SYSTEM HALTED The poem can only be appreciated by reading it aloud, to wit: Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash, Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash, Bang splat equal at dollar under-score, Percent splat waka waka tilde number four, Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash, Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.
      So, I've called < and > "waka" ever since (to the confusion/amusement of all around me) :-)

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