[Lazarus] FPReport file names

Mattias Gaertner nc-gaertnma at netcologne.de
Wed Sep 13 15:33:35 CEST 2017

On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:38:55 +0200
Sven Barth via Lazarus <lazarus at lists.lazarus-ide.org> wrote:

> I'm not talking about ambiguity, I'm talking about aesthetics: FooBar.Blubb
> is easier to discern visually than FooBarBlubb.

Well, aesthetics often goes together with "used to".
I'm used to a point separates a sub identifier.
The Delphi namespace concept breaks this rule. E.g. in a namespace
"org.fpc" the dot is part of the identifier. Try "org.|" with the
Delphi code insight. It does not show all possibilities. Lazarus code
completion works better here.

> Also were is there an ambiguity anyway (given all units are used with their
> full name)? The compiler reads (in my above example) the token sequence ID
> Point ID and thus can find the unit without any backtracking just as for
> ordinary methods. Even once the default namespace option is added that
> won't change as the compiler will simply test all provided namespaces as
> prefixes and then the name as is. It's just a longer list of names than
> usually to test for.

Let's say you have 'a.b.c.d'. Before namespaces the compiler could
simply resolve a, then b, then c and finally d.
With namespaces the compiler has to read the full 'a.b.c.d', 
then search for a.b.c, then a.b, then a and then resolve the rest as

For example:

program unitdots.main1:
uses unitdots.unit1, unitdots;
  TPrgBright = unitdots.tbright;
  TPrgColor = unitdots.unit1.tcolor;
  TStrange = unitdots.main1.tprgcolor;
var k1: longint;
  if unitdots.main1.k1=0 then ;
  if unitdots.j1=0 then ;
  if unitdots.unit1.i1=0 then ;


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