function hoisting like var

Brendan Eich brendan at
Sat Jul 26 06:32:50 PDT 2008

On Jul 26, 2008, at 2:06 PM, Ingvar von Schoultz wrote:

> How sad! It seemed such a simple and intuitive notation!

Opinions vary, but all the ones I heard at the Ecma TC39 meeting  
found it neither simple nor intuitive, and some abhorred it on  
aesthetic grounds to boot.

> I think all of these would be unambiguous:
>      {. code .}
>      {: code :}
>      {| code |}
>      {[ code ]}
>      [[ code ]]
>      [ code ]

These are either syntax errors without opt-in versioning, or (the  
last three) do create incompatible ambiguity (consider array  

What's more, as Waldemar pointed out many threads (and too many  
words) ago, they create capture problems. Please work through the  
last mail I sent before replying; if some vocabulary or infelicitous  
word choice is causing any confusion, feel free to mail me privately  
and ask pointed questions. Thanks,


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