Allen's lambda syntax proposal

Peter Michaux petermichaux at
Thu Dec 4 10:38:13 PST 2008

2008/12/4 Mark S. Miller <erights at>:

> Welcome to the syntax races. "lambda" takes an early lead, but drops back
> because of too much weight. For a while, it's neck and neck between "||" and
> "^", with "\" following closely and "fn", "&", and other trailing. Many old
> timers (including your commentator) are rooting for "||" because of its
> previous historic performances. But "||" trips up over ambiguities not
> present on its original track. "^" is now in the lead. Oh no! It trips on a
> different ambiguity. This track seems riddled with more ambiguities than any
> of these contenders have ever trained on. Seeing "^" stumble, "&" and other
> contenders saddled with "binary operator"ness, drop back and concede. "\"
> has taken the lead....

I have my money on "lambda". I'm thinking it has the endurance
necessary. It has already lasted longer in history than all the


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