[J3] Syntax of conditional expressions

Gary Klimowicz gak at pobox.com
Tue Jun 29 22:29:33 UTC 2021

On Jun 29, 2021, at 15:16, Ondřej Čertík via J3 <j3 at mailman.j3-fortran.org> wrote:
> Hi Anton,
>> In fact, I'd urge the DATA subgroup to
>> make that decision, having heard all arguments,
>> and bring the paper for vote with no more
>> straw votes.
>> Multiple syntax is bad for teaching,
>> bad for learning, bad for porting,
>> bad for maintenance,
>> bad for any automation.
>> Each of the above might not be a big problem,
>> but still not helpful.
> I also agree with you. Taken your arguments to the logical conclusion, we should not have this feature at all (which is what I would prefer). But if we have to have it, please let's only do one syntax for the reasons you posted.

Yes. I agree. One form, for Anton's reasons and "signal value". (Obviously, I strongly prefer a concise one.)

Regarding signal value: Two semantically identical forms shows we can't make small decisions well. How can people expect us to make hard decisions well?

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