micro-rant

Richard Watson [email protected]
Thu, 9 Aug 2001 10:12:46 +1000 (EST)


On Wed, 8 Aug 2001, Wolfgang Jeltsch wrote:

> I totally agree with Gary. In my opinion the unary minus is a anomaly in 
> Haskell which causes a lot of problems while beeing not that useful. For me 
> it is totally okay to use negate x instead of -x.
> 
> Gary wrote:
> > <micro-rant>
> > As long as were trying to clean up a final version of the Haskell 98
> > report, lets simplify it a little by getting rid of unary minus.
> > It's the only prefix operator in the whole language.

I'd like to add my vote for this. Its removal would result in a nicer language
specification, and would remove a obstacle that novice programmers sometimes
stumble over.

Richard