This would make a nice addition to the Dylan documentation as a quick overview for people new to the language. Thanks for writing it!
Oddly, none of the reviewers pointed out that I missed subclass types! I guess I’ll have to find enough interesting material about that to make a blog post …
For $work I just started working on the meaty part of a re-implementation of an airline flight schedule combiner in Go. This thing has to handle messages in ancient and ill-specified protocols, so…fun. For Open Dylan I’m on my second round of trying to add multi-line strings to the compiler, after refactoring the lexer a bit to enable some testing. I normally don’t hack the compiler so this is a bit different for me. Planning to use Python-like triple-double-quote syntax.
What would be an alternative to the triple-double-quote? It looks good, but it’s a nightmare to syntax highlight & providing auto-complete for, I’ve heard. Admittedly haven’t looked into it myself, but anecdotally IntelliJ’s handling of Scala’s """ hasn’t been great.
Good point about editor support. It seems like there should be some general support for it out there due to Python though.
Other alternatives I thought about are #s and #r since Dylan has #t, #f, and #“symbol” syntax already. That is, #s"…“ and #s'…‘ for strings with interpreted escape characters like \n and #r”…“ and #r’…‘ for "raw” strings with no interpretation. The latter is particularly useful for regular expressions.
The bottom line, I think, is that if you want to put a big blob of text in a constant there’s a good chance it has both a double-quote and a single-quote in it somewhere, and that’s why “ ” “ is nice.
There’s some discussion here…