Erlang language issues

Robert Virding <>
Thu Apr 18 22:19:24 CEST 2002


Richard Carlsson wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Apr 2002, Bengt Kleberg wrote:
> 
> 
>>>After some initial attempts at inventing new delimiters, all of which
>>>had subtle problems, we came to the conclusion that the normal C comment
>>>delimiters /* ... */ were probably the best choice.
>>
>>will they nest? (unlike c)
> 
> 
> Yes.

The trouble with blocked comments is that it can become very difficult 
to see if a section of code has been commented out.  Especially if it a 
large block extending over one "page", which is generally when you use 
them.  Yes I know you can have convetions like beginning each commented 
out line with a specific character, for example '*' in C-style comments 
but if you are going to do that then you might a well use ine comments.

That is why I have been against block comments.  If they are so great 
why were line comments added to C++?

Robert




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