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Re: [Haskell-cafe] Language simplicity

Subject: Re: [Haskell-cafe] Language simplicity
From: Tony Morris
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 08:44:24 +1000
Andrew Coppin wrote:
> OK people, it's random statistics time!
>
> Haskell '98 apparently features 25 reserved words. (Not counting
> "forall" and "mdo" and so on, which AFAIK are not in Haskell '98.) So
> how does that compare to other languages?
>
> C: 32
> C++: 62
> Borland Turbo Pascal: ~50 [without the OOP extensions added later]
> Eiffel: 59
> VB: The source I checked listed in excess of 120 reserved words, but
> I'm dubious as to how "reserved" they really are. (Is CInt really
> reserved? I doubt it!) It also depends wildly on which of the
> bazillion VB dialects you mean.
> Java: 50
> JavaScript: 36
> Smalltalk: 0
> Lisp: AFAIK, there are no truly reserved words in Lisp, only
> predefined functions. (??)
> Python: 31
> Ruby: 38
> Tcl: Same analysis as for Lisp I believe.
>
> As you can see, this conclusively proves... something.
>
> Hmm, I wonder if there's some way to compare the size of the language
> specification documents? :-}
>
> PS. It comes as absolutely no surprise to me that C++ has the most
> keywords. But then, if I were to add AMOS Professional, that had well
> over 800 keywords at the last count...
>
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Java has 53 reserved words.

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Tony Morris
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