George (thinking  is pretty but disliking alternative syntaxes)
Ok, let me recap my short visit on this mailing list:
1) Dangling commas in function calls were considered bloat
2) Adding the local vars to debug_backtrace() was silently ignored
3) A prettier array syntax was discarded because it's an alternative
On the other hand Sara Golemon wrote:
It's Perlish and ugly. It is *not* PHP syntax.
while e.g. private, catch, throw, final were introduced which are
Javaesque and ugly. They are *not* PHP spirit of a simple language. But
I didn't complain.
After all this I guess I have to maintain my own PHP branch and hope for
PHP6 to address some of my issues. Or switch to another language at some
point, because a language to me is a tool, not a religion.