should statements having no effect be allowed?

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    >> Do you propose support for a pre-processor as well?

    absolutely. my goal is to support most (if not all) of the language.

    >> Because things like this could easily result in empty statements with varying conditional compilation flags. LOGMSG may or may not be a macro which may or may not expand to nothing.

    good point. I somehow overlooked that use of the pre-processor but yes, that would certainly qualify as a legitimate use for an empty statement.

    >> Tell us about this language, Seb!

    it's basically C++ with some improvements and extensions that (I feel) support a more powerful programming paradigm. some basic features include:

    - no need for forward declaration of classes/functions
    - assignment in class member declarations allowed
    - functions within functions allowed
    - guaranteed sizes for integer/float data types regardless of platform used
    - a standardized intermediate 'portable opcode description' (POD) format for compiled code
    - reassignable references
    - overload of '.' allowed
    - optional '@' in place of '=='
    - addition of operator pow '`'
    - the template right angle bracket spacing problem remedied
    - nested multiline comments
    - arbitrary length integer and floating point literals
    - automatically deduced types in declarations with 'auto' and 'typeof' keywords
    - more simplified template usage syntax
    - keyword 'with' for structure access

    there's still much to do, of course - the only thing near complete is the lexical scanner.
    Code:
    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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    So when it's ready how are you going to release it? I guess you'll release it on some forums first so people can test it rigorously then... GPL?
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