complexity tax

Mark S. Miller erights at
Tue May 20 07:02:24 PDT 2008

2008/5/19 Brendan Eich <brendan at>:
> On May 19, 2008, at 6:54 PM, Mark Miller wrote:
> If I could
> have a language with some of the syntactic conveniences of ES4 but
> without ES4's semantics, I'd be quite happy.
> What semantics in particular, can you pick on something specific that's not
> in your classes as sugar proposal (rather than have me guess)?

Good suggestion. Will do. Top of my list will be first-class Name objects.

> BTW, since
> you missed the cuts in the spreadsheet
> [],
> you may have missed the optional
> type checker being cut too: 'use strict' is good-taste mode, a la Perl and
> in accord with discussions we've had at the last two TC39 meetings.

Got those, and am quite happy about them. As for the spreadsheet, I'm
very impressed by the amount of red in the Apple column. Apple folks,
can you say more about this?

Brendan, how should one derive from the spreadsheet what the current
ES4 decisions are? Should we have a column for that?

> Thanks for the kind words, although since neither 3.1 nor 4 is done yet,
> specific constructive criticism is even better.

Understood. Will do.


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