Well, to me it matters whether the author is going to care of the thing he's
proposing or he's going to disappear right after it's implemented.
I didn't realize there was a section of the code flagged 'syntactic
sugar' and only a few people maintained that part. it also seems
ridiculous to debate a syntax *addition* such as this in terms of
maintainability. Is it really is hard to maintain this patch to the
parser? How hard is it to maintain this:
$array = $foo;
...vs any other part of the codebase?
I think a lot of web developers who use PHP would agree with Rasmus'
"What is clear and understandable to web developers is a moving target.
As someone mentioned, nobody who does any sort of web development today
target user these days and as such this syntax is appropriate I think."