strawman for the := operator

Axel Rauschmayer axel at
Thu Aug 9 14:43:48 PDT 2012

>> Let’s, simplifyingly, call people who create abstractions “library
>> authors” and people who use abstractions “normal developers”. It does
>> make sense to give the latter group specialized tools that help them do
>> their work. But I’d like to take a step back and ask the following question.
> It's a very big simplification. There is no "normal developer" in any at least middle-sized project, imnsho. We are all "library authors" most of the time - we create abstractions.
> So I see the rest of the original post as not at all that strong as it may look.

Those names are not important, what matters is the list of use cases and their analysis. Do you only disagree with the names or also with the analysis?

There are some things that normal developers never do, for example: patching built-ins.

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer
axel at


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