Improving Compiler Error Messages

Walter Bright newshound1 at
Mon May 3 02:59:15 PDT 2010

Lars T. Kyllingstad wrote:
> I've never understood why people have a problem with the semicolons.  
> They've never bothered me, not once.  In fact, they just seem to 
> magically appear at the end of my statements without me thinking 
> consciously about them at all.

Me too. I had no difficulty learning them or using them, it was just like "oh, 
ok". I came from non-semicolon languages, too, like Basic and Fortran.

It's just a cosmetic preference, like if you prefer sugar or milk in your coffee.

Any errors from misplaced semicolons are quickly diagnosed by the compiler and 
trivially fixed.

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