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Re: variables draft (draft-homme-sieve-variables-00.txt)

2003-04-09 11:47:23

   Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 10:27:45 -0700 (PDT)
   From: ned(_dot_)freed(_at_)mrochek(_dot_)com

   Agreed, but IMO the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. Like
   it or not, there is a large class of operations sieve currently
   cannot do and which people really really really want to be able to
   do. I have to tell customers "no, you cannot do that at present
   with sieve" at least a couple of times every month, and that they
   have to use procmail or something similar instead.  This really
   isn't an acceptable state of affairs IMO.

Whatever the benefits may be, they don't let us adapt a random-ass
approach to language design.

Formal operational semantics and careful thought on how to make
various features orthogonal would go a long way so we don't have every
specification referencing every other specification and subtly
altering their meanings.


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