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11:30 am, 3 Nov 05


Lisp/scheme programmers always say that eventually the parentheses become invisible. I've never so much doubted it as wondered how it could happen, as it never did for me.

So here's an analogy that works for me: I find when I've written a lot of Haskell code and then return to C++, I'm temporarily overwhelmed by the punctuation. Taking a single line from my editor, I see + = -> ( ) . , ;, some multiple times. But after a few minutes I no longer notice, and I'm back to thinking that code like input->value().c_str() is mostly code and just the amount of punctuation needed, nothing more.