Worst ideas/features in programming languages?

Quirin Schroll qs.il.paperinik at gmail.com
Sat Dec 18 20:11:03 UTC 2021

On Friday, 17 December 2021 at 13:14:50 UTC, Igor wrote:
> I hate language constructs that go in opposite order from my 
> thoughts making me type something then having to navigate back 
> to add another thing. Best example for this is casting in any 
> language. I always have to write cast operator before the thing 
> I am casting yet in my head I never think "then I need to cast 
> to int the variable X that I want to add". I think more like 
> "Then I need to add variable X but I have to cast it to int".

I feel the same about writing. But you have to consider how code 
is read, too. C# kind of has an infix cast operator: You write `x 
as TargetType` there. In D, you can do the same:
auto ref TargetType as(TargetType, SourceType)(auto ref 
SourceType object)
     return cast(TargetType) object;
auto result = fun(x.as!int).as!string;
I'll agree that an operator would look nicer, but – as is more 
often than not the case with D – if a library solution is found 
that isn't horrible, the probability that the language will be 
extended is around 0.

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