Propose simpler string constant

Brendan Eich brendan.eich at
Sat Dec 19 15:12:20 UTC 2015

Hi Rick, thanks to you and Mike for drafting. I will read and comment more
when I have time, but I wanted to channel the Twitter-ghost of Dave Herman:

"we should start from pattern matching and work our way from there into the
kinds of datatypes we want to match on"

I hear wycats and bterlson are working on pattern matching. Ccing them.


On Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 1:42 PM Rick Waldron <waldron.rick at> wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 3:33 PM Steve Kinney <hello at>
> wrote:
>> I did some initial thinking about this and looked at Rust and Swift as
>> prior art. I started something similar to what was being discussed but came
>> across some edge cases as I went along.
>> Right now, it's just a draft of notes and thoughts, but I am working on a
>> draft implementation with Sweet.js.
> I had originally had values with implicit ordinal numbers, but Mike
> Pennisi (co-author) and I agreed that with Symbol there isn't much benefit
> to making the raw value a number.
> Anyway, this is the WIP
> Rick
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