## digitalmars.D - a<b<c?

• xs0 (13/13) Feb 12 2005 Hi!
• zwang (4/29) Feb 12 2005 This is a perfectly legal expression in D and many other languages,
• xs0 (6/12) Feb 13 2005 Well, I know that, but wouldn't it be much more natural if it was the
• Miguel Ferreira Simões (12/12) Feb 12 2005 Recently, in college, I have done an intermediate compiler, that compile...
xs0 <xs0 xs0.com> writes:
```Hi!

I always wondered why no language includes such syntax (of those I know,
at least), but wouldn't it be possible to have this?

if (a < b <= c < d) ...

It looks much more obvious (and prettier and shorter) than

if ((a < b) && (b <= c) && (c < d)) ...

And this is also a common mathematical notation, afaik..

It is perfectly OK, if it is evaluated just the same as the long form
(with short-circuiting and everything).

I'm not sure whether to allow this:

if (a < b > c)

But I guess there is no harm, again it gets translated to (a<b) && (b>c)..

xs0
```
Feb 12 2005
zwang <nehzgnaw gmail.com> writes:
```xs0 wrote:
Hi!

I always wondered why no language includes such syntax (of those I know,
at least), but wouldn't it be possible to have this?

if (a < b <= c < d) ...

This is a perfectly legal expression in D and many other languages,
though semantically equivalent to (((a<b)<=c)<d) rather than
((a<b)&&(b<=c)&&(c<d)).

It looks much more obvious (and prettier and shorter) than

if ((a < b) && (b <= c) && (c < d)) ...

And this is also a common mathematical notation, afaik..

It is perfectly OK, if it is evaluated just the same as the long form
(with short-circuiting and everything).

I'm not sure whether to allow this:

if (a < b > c)

But I guess there is no harm, again it gets translated to (a<b) && (b>c)..

xs0

```
Feb 12 2005
xs0 <xs0 xs0.com> writes:
``` if (a < b <= c < d) ...

This is a perfectly legal expression in D and many other languages,
though semantically equivalent to (((a<b)<=c)<d) rather than
((a<b)&&(b<=c)&&(c<d)).

Well, I know that, but wouldn't it be much more natural if it was the
second form? I can't think of a case where I'd want it compiled as
(((a<b)<=c)<d), while the other case happens very frequently.. I think
if this is something the parser can easily handle, it'd be a nice
feature to have..

xs0
```
Feb 13 2005
"Miguel Ferreira Simões" <Kobold netcabo.pt> writes:
```Recently, in college, I have done an intermediate compiler, that compiled a
language similar
to Matlab to triple address code (3ac).

When I was doing the grammar that question came up too!

As you said, mathematicians use the notation: a < b < c, which means that b
belongs to the open interval ]a , c [ and is equivalent to (a < b) && (b <
c).

However, imho, I think there is some ambiguity, because programming
languages implement boolean expressions and it can have another meaning:
(a < b) < c.
Which evaluates to: ((a < b) ? 1 : 0) < c

Miguel Ferreira Simoes
```
Feb 12 2005