variable xref

Devin Asay devin_asay at
Fri Mar 30 10:04:41 EDT 2018

On Mar 29, 2018, at 10:34 PM, Mike Kerner via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> I don't want to pretend to be an expert on the topic of writing compilers,
> since I only ever wrote two, both under the watchful obsession of a
> professor, and my lex and parse code were not optimal in either case.  In
> general, they were some of the easiest pieces of large code I ever wrote
> because the grammars were so rigid and rule-based.  Building forgiveness
> into them would have made the poor developer's life easier, even thought
> that meant adding a third pass to try to ascertain context instead of
> blindly aborting when something didn't exactly fit the formula.
> I agree that unquoted literals are not ideal.  I think they should be
> deprecated, and I think they should have been removed in 1986, so add that
> to the LC10 list.  They have always made reading scripts more difficult.
> Readability and approachability are two things that have set xtalk apart.
> Unquoted literals detract from that.


Devin Asay
Office of Digital Humanities
Brigham Young University

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