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Re: XML as a transition to s-expr
Pixel <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> do you think C would be successful if it would be a introduced nowadays?
> hopefully not!
No way. People would look at it and say, "Yuck! It has the same ugly
formatting syntax and = vs == problems as python! What's the point?" :-)
New languages introduced nowadays usually involve extensive use of
regexps, a syntax more newbie-unfriendly than anything in K&R C. As
always, newbies have to work to learn it.
S-expr syntax is unpopular for exactly one reason: it's different.
The hope for it is that for someone familiar with XML, it's not *that*
different. Algol with a funny hat is much more different.
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