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Re: A read-based grep-like for symbols (el-search?) (was Do shorthands b

From: Gregory Heytings
Subject: Re: A read-based grep-like for symbols (el-search?) (was Do shorthands break basic tooling (tags, grep, etc)? (was Re: Shorthands have landed on master))
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 22:58:04 +0000

Grep is a tool, a tool to search text. It is only able to respond to questions about a program's source when that source is written in text files (which it normally is) and when the programming language is relatively poor on indirection.

The objections raised in this discussion are not only about grep. They are also about tag systems (that can do more complex operations than grep on source files), and about the problem of code readability for Elisp programmers. All of a sudden symbols can silently be transformed by 'read' without any clear indication that such a transformation takes place.

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