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Writing CFMs without Semicolons

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July 12, 2018 08:39:17 AM GMT
<p>Semi-colons have been statement separators for most programming languages. Earlier when processing was slow and memory was expensive, language designers needed to split programs into multiple statements. A few languages required each statement to be on a new line so that the carriage return acted as a delimiter. Some languages required a free format text layout as a separator. Thus, the semi-colon was chosen as a separator so that it doesn’t conflict with other characters, for example, operators for math operations. Many languages do not use semi-colons as statement separator, for […]</p>
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Your include example requiring semicolons makes no sense. include "blah.cfm" writeoutput("test") is totally clear as the speach marks indicate the file names. If you really wanted to include a file called "blah.cfm" writeoutput("test" then you'd need to escape the marks, just link in any other string.
Comment by Tom Chiverton
1172 | July 13, 2018 09:39:05 AM GMT
Thanks Tom for the feedback, i have added a more appropriate use-case which shows a scenario where semicolons can be used to avoid the ambiguity.
Comment by Ashudeep Sharma
1188 | July 16, 2018 07:16:57 AM GMT
We updated to 2018 this year and I was pleasantly surprised to see that semi-colons were no longer required. Thank you!
Comment by Phillip Senn
2441 | October 15, 2019 06:51:18 PM GMT