Perl 6 - the future is here, just unevenly distributed

IRC log for #marpa, 2015-01-24

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00:11 ronsavage Yes, it makes a lot of sense to determine the initial state of events.
00:13 ronsavage Will the syntax be something like ':lexeme ~ open_delim pause => before event => open_delim initialize_event => off'?
00:14 jeffreykegler The syntax will be, wherever an event name is declared, it can be an event initializer, so that
00:15 jeffreykegler :lexeme ~ open_delim event => open_delim_initialize=off pause => before
00:15 jeffreykegler initializes open_delim_initialize to off
00:16 jeffreykegler This allows the same initialization syntax in all the places the various events are declared.
00:17 jeffreykegler The initialization can be to either 'on' or 'off', with 'on' as the default.
00:18 ronsavage OK.
01:27 jeffreykegler In a long, rambling exchange with Randal the other day, I said that Larry Wall is the best language designer I know of ...
01:27 jeffreykegler and Randal, who has known many, pointed out that that is a very strong claim.
01:28 jeffreykegler I meant it in a very specific sense (though it is still a strong claim, even so):
01:29 jeffreykegler Larry is best at *syntax* -- figuring out how a language's features should look on the printed page.
01:31 jeffreykegler If I could talk Larry into picking all my syntax for SLIF, etc., I'd never bother doing any of it myself.
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