Function syntax

Alex Russell alex at
Sat May 21 10:38:53 PDT 2011

On May 21, 2011, at 10:32 AM, Peter Michaux wrote:

> Alex,
> That is not what I wrote at all because I didn't write the "it could be better".
> The analogy that Nathan was making does not apply to JavaScript. He
> wrote that C# delegates were not popular in C# 2.0. Functions are
> already popular in JavaScript.

So you were only arguing that his analogy was flawed in that the cause of the current proposal isn't under-use but rather problems borne from over-use? Fair enough. It's not an argument against the proposal, then, and I misread it. Apologies.

> On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 10:25 AM, Alex Russell <alex at> wrote:
>> I'm sorry, this this argument is entirely circular:
>>  - we have something that works
>>  - it could be better
>>  - but it works, so we don't need anything better
>> ?
>> On May 21, 2011, at 10:08 AM, Peter Michaux wrote:
>>> On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 12:44 PM, Nathan Stott <nrstott at> wrote:
>>>> Having worked a lot with C#, my experience was that very very few
>>>> people used the C# 2.0 delegate syntax and now a large portion of the
>>>> community learned and uses the C# 3.0 syntax.  Syntax matters.
>>> JavaScript functions have not suffered neglect due to the length of
>>> their syntax. Function expressions are already wildly popular in
>>> JavaScript. So this C# data does not really support the necessity for
>>> change in JavaScript.

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