ARM syntax and new keywords

Neal Gafter neal at
Thu Nov 26 15:05:07 PST 2009

I agree.  Backticks would be a much better syntax for exotic identifiers.
As far as I can tell, the jsr292 changes that got folded into javac have not
been influenced by feedback from the coin mailing list.

On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 2:39 PM, Artur Biesiadowski <abies at> wrote:

> Neal Gafter wrote:
> > This has nothing to do with closures (there is a separate email list for
> > that anyway).  The #"name" syntax was added to give a way of using
> "exotic"
> > identifiers that would otherwise be disallowed.
> We will have to answer questions about closures relation to
> identifier-like variables for next 10 years if #"abc" syntax is chosen
> and closures also use # syntax.
> What is wrong with Scala approach of using backticks? Looks reasonable
> and won't be confused with possible closures. It is a pain to enter on
> certain keyboard settings, but it is going to be needed only in
> exceptional cases.
> With best regards,
> Artur Biesiadowski

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