[fpc-devel] type discussion

Micha Nelissen micha at neli.hopto.org
Thu Jun 2 16:53:26 CEST 2005

On Thu, 02 Jun 2005 15:31:51 +0100
Jamie McCracken <jamie-junk at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:

> Micha Nelissen wrote:
> > I don't understand, why are these forward declarations so evil ? 
> > 
> More code bloat, more typing and they get in the way. They dont give me 
> anything useful in return.

Please show me a piece of code where they are "in the way". Code bloat? They don't cost anything in the executable.

> >>python is great I just envy *some* of its shorter syntax and it would
> > 
> > Ok, some, but not this one ?
> Well typing begin..end all over the place isn't a lot of fun :(

Have you done maintenance yet of other people's code ?
> Especially as Im gonna have to indent them as well just to make em 
> readable. So yeah it seems they are more pointless syntax bloat.

They are not pointless to me: they indicate clear structure, but we may simply differ in opinion here.

> > Sorry, the only language that does what ?
> var strlist : TStringlist;
> strlist := Tstringlist.create;
> I know strlist is a Tstringlist, the compiler knows it too as I have 
> declared it so why do I have to spell it out in the creation process?

In C++:

TStringList strlist;

strlist = new TStringList;

How is that shorter ?


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