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Status Will not implement
Categories InterSystems IRIS
Created by Evgeny Shvarov
Created on May 3, 2023

Add legitimate special symbol-separator for ObjectScript variable names

If I have a meaningful variable in languages like Python it is very convenient to use _ as a word separator. E.g.

this_is_an_sql_that_causes_an_error="SELECT * FROM TABLE"

in IRIS there are no special symbols allowed as separators. So the variable looks as:

thisisansqlthatcausesanerror="SELECT * FROM TABLE"

Of course we can use Camel:

thisIsAnSQLThatCausesAnError="SELECT * FROM TABLE" - it increases readability, but not very much. And it is easier to mis the case and variables are case sensitive in IRIS.

Let's introduce "-" as legitimate symbol for vars names? So this will be:

this-is-an-sql-variable-that-causes-an-error="SELECT * FROM TABLE"

    May 4, 2023

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  • Dmitry Maslennikov
    May 4, 2023

    definitely not "-" it is a minus sign you can't use it as a part of a variable

    and underscore unfortunately already taken as a concatenation symbol

    So, looks like there are no symbols left