Use of abbreviations in scripts
dsc at swcp.com
Sat Oct 14 23:17:33 EDT 2006
On Oct 14, 2006, at 8:38 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> Abbreviations are well documented in the Dictionary so I feel
> confident using them liberally, even in code for clients and in
> published libraries. Abbreviations are a useful feature of
> xTalks, and since they have benefit for the user I see no harm and
> some good in helping share awareness of the benefit of that feature.
I seems that one would lose the "English-like" qualities of xTalk
when using abbreviations. Maybe "English-like" is only a crutch for
new script writers and eventually it becomes an arbitrary language.
I practiced a little in some dummy scripts and it will take a while
before the average time for typing 'cd' is less than typing 'card'.
I make a lot of typos when using 'cd'. I can see that in the best
cases 'cd' is faster, so there is some promise there.
Reading will take some practice. I skim over sections of scripts
quickly and the English words help.
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