Do parenthesis drive any one else crazy?

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  1. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    They drive me nuts. Let me start by saying I write a fair amount of code for a living.

    I read threads, or articles on news sites, or books, or anything, and I see someone use a left parenthesis. My brain immediately starts saying "watch for the right, watch for the right, watch for the right, watch for the right..." until I see it.

    God help me if I don't see it. Sometimes, the author just forgets. It happens. No biggie. But I feel compelled to read and re-read until I figure out where it was missing.

    Sometime, someone used a manual frowny faced emoticon - :( - and I have to read a few times before I realize THERE WILL BE NO RIGHT PARENTHESIS!

    This has to affect some other people. Could I be the only crazy one?

    Welcome to my personal punishment.
     
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    The worst is a parenthetical phrase (which is mistakenly ended with a smiley face :)
     
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    Never bothered me (of course, now that it's been pointed it, it may.
     
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    (seemingly so ;)
     
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    I use em', and quote marks too.
    Bwaa ha ha!
    Deal.
     
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    Do all frowny faces need to be escaped? :\(
     
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  8. unixfish

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    Nice. Let me hack you ISP and disable your account.
     
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    sax4blues Friend of Leo's

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    I agree with the OP, I never use them indiscriminately (but discrimination is the better part of valor).
     
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    (but then again
    there may be (nested
    parens that may or (
    may not drive) one
    nutso))
     
  11. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I followed that, no problem. My mind is trained to count. You would have to get a few levels deeper before it gets confusing. Like a dual keyed hash that stores array pointers which are indexes to an array of hashed variable pointers. That one took me a few minutes to parse out.
     
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    ¿¿ Premature inverted punctuation gets to me(("¡" ), what about you?!
     
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    I written a lot of routines in AutoCAD's AutoLISP language.
    It is a Parenthesis based language, works from the inside out.
    LISP - Lost In Stupid Parenthesis (actually it's List Programming).

    I feel your pain!
     
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    )well i just dont know what to say(
     
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    Overuse of aposiopesis gets to me and makes me want to...
     
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    Went to computer programming school. I literally do the exact same thing. My wife is a school teacher also. She's as obsessed with grammar as anyone, yet the parenthesis drive me a lot more nuts than her. She always knows when I'm struggling trying to understand the context of a passage I'm reading, it's usually because of a missed parenthesis.

    I feel your pain. :rolleyes:
     
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    I much prefer the em dash--
     
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    Yeah, I sure hated to break up with that frisky little blonde gal in school, but her antics had me inverting punctuation prematurely and it hurt my pride and my self image.

    :twisted:
     
  19. unixfish

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    Wow - I have not done any LISP since the mid 80's. I do remember the parenthesis issue - but I could write a program to solve differential calculus equations in 46 lines of code, as long as it was formatted properly. Elegant language in it's own little way.

    Emacs directives files can get silly if you try to do too much; I usually don't.
     
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    I annoy myself by using them too much in forums like this one, but I rarely use them in my professional writing.
     
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