[xquery-talk] VarRef

Michael Kay mhk at mhk.me.uk
Tue May 31 09:35:38 PDT 2005

> In my case, the confusion comes from my first commercial 
> programming job 
> -- using BASIC on the PDP-11. 

My first language was Fortran, which IIRC allowed and ignored spaces
anywhere, right in the middle of a word. Fortunately, that didn't stick.

But my favourite language was Algol 68, which allowed spaces as a part of
the name, where other languages allow hyphens or underscores, so you could

amount due := agreed price * rate of exchange - customer discount; 

Michael Kay

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