arrow syntax unnecessary and the idea that "function" is too long

Isaac Schlueter i at
Sat May 7 23:43:50 PDT 2011

I wrote PHP full time for years.  -> can get pretty aggravating.  # is
50% shorter, and doesn't use the same fingers that type the ().  ()->
is a lot of right-hand-dancing.

That being said, it does look pretty nice, and we're all just going to
set our editors to do that for us anyhow, right?

On Sat, May 7, 2011 at 20:52, Faisal Vali <faisalv at> wrote:
>> "Kyle Simpson" <getify at>
>> Date: Sat, 7 May 2011 21:58:32 -0500
>> Subject: Re: arrow syntax unnecessary and the idea that "function" is too long
> <snip>
>> With all due respect, Brendan's personal tastes on what kind of code he likes to write is not enough.
>> It has to be something that is likely to find wide spread support among the JavaScript masses.
> Since the arrow syntax assailants have been quite vocal on this list,
> lest they be construed as representative of the javascript masses, I
> would like to voice a strong endorsement for pursuing and exploring
> the arrow syntax further - and I do this as a simple javascript
> hobbyist who uses javascript (and JQuery, for lack of the perfect
> library) extensively to automate tasks on windows (via htas) and to
> write RIAs.
> With all due respect to Mr. Simpson's personal tastes, I find the
> aesthetics of the arrow-syntax far more consistent with javascript's
> C-based-syntactic roots than the preprocessor-tainted '#' - but I
> also recognize that my personal aesthetic tastes are just that.
> Anyway, I hope that enough general users share my aesthetic and
> usability preference (short syntax for functionally well behaved and
> intuitive lambdas with closure capability) that the arrow syntax is
> given some serious thought and not dismissed because of this thread.
> Thanks!
> Faisal Vali
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