Expression closures - use-cases for shortcut lambda syntax(blocks)

Dave Herman dherman at
Sun Mar 18 15:09:04 PDT 2007

> I like it, and agree with the details as captured here. I could go

I agree.

> without the parens around a single formal, but I've been writing a lot
> of ML code lately :) Maybe requiring parens is better; why have two ways
> to write something when one will do! Also, for now let's not extend this
> syntax to binding forms, inside or outside of a class. I have concerns
> about readability.

In your opinion, should we allow both

     function(formals) expression
     (formals) => expression

with the former allowed as both a declaration and expression form and 
the latter allowed as only an expression form? Or do we only allow

     (formals) => expression

and only as an expression form?

If we choose the latter, then there's no way to write function 
declarations with expression bodies, which seems like an unnecessary 


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