The blog of Rahoul Baruah from 3hv Ltd

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My name is Rahoul Baruah (aka Baz) and I'm a software developer in Leeds (England).

This is a log of things I've discovered while writing software in Ruby on Rails. In other words, geek stuff.

However, I've decided to put this blog on ice - I would ask you to check out my business blog here (or subscribe here).

06 February, 2008

ASCII changes cause strange artifacts

Why does Squeak use the underscore _ as an assignment character[1]?

Because in 1963 the ASCII code for _ actually represented a left arrow - which makes perfect sense as an assignment operator.

[1] (as well as := which Pascal folks will recognise)

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