Sep 30

From the vaults…. on Parentheses

To paren, or not to paren: that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The bugs and errors of maintenance programs,

Or to take arms against a host of typos,

And by debugging end them? To hack: to slash;

No more; and by a slash to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

Of cut and paste code, ’tis a maturation

Devoutly to be wished. To hack, not slash;

Not slash: perchance to code: ay, there’s the rub;

For in that new programme what code may come

When we have shuffled off this unix box,

Must give us pause: there’s the respect

That makes wuffy of so long life;

— Not William Shakespeare

The preceeding doggerel is excerpted from To Paren, or not to Paren

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