ECMAScript Harmony

Brendan Eich brendan at
Wed Aug 13 14:51:57 PDT 2008

On Aug 13, 2008, at 2:50 PM, P T Withington wrote:

> [Trimmed recipients]
> On 2008-08-13, at 17:26EDT, Brendan Eich wrote:
>> One possible semantic addition to fill a notorious gap in the
>> language, which I sketched with able help from Mark Miller: a way to
>> generate new Name objects that do not equate as property identifiers
>> to any string. I also showed some sugar, but that is secondary at
>> this point. Many were in favor of this new Name object idea.
> Is this "Name object" what we old Lispers would call a SYMBOL?

I said "gensym" in Oslo and had it in a draft, but kids today do not  
appreciate how l33t it is.

The inspiration came from several sources, and one idea for sugar  
came from PLT-Scheme's define-local-member-name.


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