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Re: english names for symbolic SREs

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Alex Shinn scripsit:

> If portability were not an issue, say a few months down the line when
> IrRegex and SCSH are patched to support the long names, would you use
> them?

More like a few years before downstream systems follow.  But if all of
that were aside, and I were using Scheme, yes, I'd use the long names.
They are easier for future programmers to maintain.  (Normally I would
say "easier for myself too", but the fact is that the string REs are
engraved in my cortical fissures; I'm unlikely ever to forget them until
I'm quite senile -- if that ever happens.)

But you, Wormtongue, you have done what you could for your true master.  Some
reward you have earned at least.  Yet Saruman is apt to overlook his bargains.
I should advise you to go quickly and remind him, lest he forget your faithful
service.  --Gandalf             John Cowan <cowan@xxxxxxxx>