On dropping @names

David Herman dherman at mozilla.com
Mon Dec 3 18:34:44 PST 2012

On Dec 3, 2012, at 6:14 PM, Brandon Benvie <brandon at brandonbenvie.com> wrote:

> I understand that there's limitations on what can be packed into this release and in particular this proposal pushes the limits.

Look, that's all it comes down to. All the various @names proposals have problems. No alternative we've talked about is workable, and none of them has had enough scrutiny. Syntax seems to be one of the most expensive things to add to a language in terms of perceived complexity.

I feel for you. When I first proposed private names (in 2008, I think?) it had accompanying syntax. But syntax design is really, really hard. And so very easy to screw up. Meanwhile, it was proposed a *year-and-a-half* after the deadline, and we have lots of other work to do.


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