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You can't escape the semicolons monster

Hussein Baghdadi
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http://pksunkara.github.com/semicolon/
Greg Charles
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Some people on my project, though fortunately not me, program in MUMPS. I think the semicolon language would actually be an improvement for them.
Martin Vajsar
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A more vivid description of MUMPS has been featured some time ago on WTF.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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OK, looking at that page, I see both normal and reversed semicolons. I was unaware of the existence of such a mark, but brief Googlation turned up this. Apparently it's a real character, Unicode 0x204F. Here's a few you can use for your own nefarious purposes:

⁏⁏⁏⁏⁏⁏⁏⁏⁏⁏⁏

These display fine on Chrome on Mac OS X; if you can't see them, you're probably using Internet Explorer


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Darryl Burke
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What about the other two question marks?¿؟


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Greg Charles
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Martin Vajsar wrote:A more vivid description of MUMPS has been featured some time ago on WTF.


Thanks for that! That had me laughing to tears, and it's eerily accurate to where I work. Many of the programers were trained in a "MUMPS University" when they were first hired, and now are all stuck in a hallway together. Mercifully, they also do Java and C-sharp programming when the MUMPS work isn't plentiful enough.

I think the best part of that article is when they say that having mumps (the disease) is actually more fun than programing with MUMPS.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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