the scary thing about #Plan9 is when in file formats it has stuff like:
file: refers to a file
some-special-string: does a special thing
and that just invites the problem of someone using some-special-string as a file name
pls, anyone who does #programming
do not ever do anything like this
keep your formal grammars unambiguous
if you do not, Ada Lovelace will come down from Programmer Heaven and smite you
@Shamar idk, read it in some manpage the other day, not sure which
but similar problems apply to a lot of the system, eg. how basically nothing can handle spaces in file names
(hot take, $ifs should only contain tab and newline, or better yet, there should be no $ifs)
@Shamar this isn't really a Plan 9 specific problem, but it's one of those things that mess up an otherwise nice system
I mean, you can't seriously say "but that's harder to learn" when we have just demonstrated how many problems it leads to.
If kids can learn Python in a week, programmers can bear with a teeeensy bit more syntax in their shells.
String literals mean escape rules.
And sometimes they are hard to get right for programmers too.
Every single time programmers are too shy to impose a simple restriction to users' input (or customers' will), they add to the pile of crap another source of complexity.
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