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Case Sensitive languages -- I just hate that.

By Andrew Pollack on 10/04/2003 at 11:04 PM EDT

Why on earth would you write a compiler to be case sensitive? Does it really speed up the code today? Does it really speed up the compile time? Does anyone write code that uses differently cased variable names, objects, functions, or statements to differentiate functionality?

For all the hassle of having to keep track of it when you're not used to doing so -- why?

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re: Case Sensitive languages -- I just hate that.By Ben Langhinrichs on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
It is a damnable historical artifact. Too late to change it, and more hassle
than it is worth, but it does provide a small degree of job security for us
programmers. No other good purpose.
re: Case Sensitive languages -- I just hate that.By Anonymous on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
Perhaps compatibility?
All of the current non-scripting [real :-)] languages (c,c++,java, C#) are case
sensitive, perhaps due to their c heritage. Most of the C, C++, Java people
were coming from operating systems which were case sensitive so it was *more*
natural for the language to be as well. ( N.B. in Java, not only is the
language case sensitive, but the filenames as well. )

When M$ was copying Java to make C#, they kept case sensitivity.

And the new Mac OS X added a feature to allow for case sensitive filesystems.

So the world is getting a bit more case sensitive.

Since class names should be capitalized and not instance variables,
one occaisionally sees code where the class is Parser and an instance of the
class is parser. ( not my cup of tea but ... )

not to disagree that case sensitive can be annoying.

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