Feature request: Path append operators for strings

Wyatt wyatt.epp at gmail.com
Wed Jul 3 05:24:32 PDT 2013

On Tuesday, 2 July 2013 at 22:28:24 UTC, TommiT wrote:
> On Tuesday, 2 July 2013 at 21:48:54 UTC, Walter Bright wrote:
>> On 7/2/2013 1:47 PM, TommiT wrote:
>>> Division operator for strings doesn't make any sense,
>> That's why overloading / to do something completely unrelated 
>> to division is anti-ethical to writing understandable code. 
>> The classic example of this is the overloading of << and >> 
>> for stream operations in C++.
> I've never thought of it like that. At some point I remember 
> writing a vector type which overloaded its binary * operator to 
> mean dot product (or cross product, I can't remember). So, you 
> can overload an operator, but you can't overload the meaning of 
> an operator.

This is something I was discussing with a friend recently, and we 
agreed it would be cool if there were set of operators with no 
definition until overloaded, so you could use e.g. (.) for dot 
product, (*) for cross product, (+) (or maybe [+]?) for matrix 
add, etc. instead of overloading things that already have 
specific, well-understood meaning.


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