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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #36658] acceptance of "global a = b"

From: Rik
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #36658] acceptance of "global a = b"
Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:29:31 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #7, bug #36658 (project octave):

I took a look at the Matlab documentation and, as Michael has verified, they
don't support initializers for global or persistent variables.  I think
inititializers, particularly for persistent variables, are a good thing and
Octave should have them.

Since we don't need to meet Matlab compatibility we can follow our own path. 
I would argue that the confusing thing in this situation is that
initialization looks just like assignment.  If the two operations appear
different then I wouldn't expect that they do the same thing.  

What about one of the following symbols for initialization?

global a := 1
global a <= 1
global a @= 1


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