OT: Punctuation-starved Programming Languages
jhoger at gmail.com
Wed Jun 21 13:50:28 CDT 2006
On 6/21/06, Don Y <dgy at dakotacom.net> wrote:
> Amusingly, *except* for parens, LISP largely does without punctuation!
> Unfortunately, parens are a royal PITA as they require tracking
> more state than local punctuation.
And RPN languages like Forth can even do away with parentheses.
However I don't know that you could call Forth "punctuation free" or
even Regular (in the sense of not needing a parser). In general Forth
is processed one word at a time with an ad hoc lexer + smarts. Some
words read ahead in the input stream, and state during parsing is
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