ARM syntax and new keywords

Neal Gafter neal at
Thu Nov 26 09:37:57 PST 2009

On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 6:31 AM, Jonathan Lawson <jonty.lawson at>wrote:

> A pretty long post I'm afraid, but I hope it is contributing something of
> value.
> I've been following the discussions about ARM and a question about the
> syntax has been niggling at me: wouldn't it be better using a new keyword?

Now that jdk7 will include a syntax for using names that are otherwise
keywords (the syntax is #"name"), the backward-compatibility breakage of
adding a new keyword is much less severe.  Also, context-sensitive keywords
are a true-and-tried technique, just not used yet in Java.

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