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Re: Sometimes <space> means multiple

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  • Subject: [mg75427] Re: Sometimes <space> means multiple
  • From: David Bailey <dave at Remove_Thisdbailey.co.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 03:38:45 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200704270918.FAA23598@smc.vnet.net> <f11gtg$kqa$1@smc.vnet.net>

I guess there are two sides to this coin. On the one hand, using spaces 
to mean multiplication is great for writing algebraic expressions, but 
it can be irritating when programming because missing out a semicolon 
generates something unwanted rather than a syntax error.

It is difficult to invent an ideal solution however, because many 
programs contain expressions embedded inside them! Maybe it would be 
nice if you could click something and see all the implicit 
multiplications at a glance.

David Bailey
http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk


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