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Re: XML as a transition to s-expr

Pixel <pixel@mandrakesoft.com> 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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