it’s only just occurred to me that the reason interpreted languages tend to use
# for comments (as opposed to compiled languages’ more common
//) is probably so that shebangs don’t have to be special cased
@monorail and it's a nice loop cause the shebangs started with shell's # comments ^^
@wxcafe and since shebangs probably only have the syntax they do so that they didn’t interfere with shell scripts, the unix shell leaves its mark on the programming landscape…
@monorail remember how TI-BASIC 83/84 used " for comments
@Felthry forgot about that lmao
were they real comments or were they just a string literal that didn’t do anything?
@monorail the latter
@monorail because remember, TI-BASIC also allowed you to leave off the ending delimiter of basically anything if it complied with some arbitrary rules that no one really understood
@monorail plus no preprocessor to worry about so why not, and it frees up // for floor division
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