Subject Re: [ib-support] Re: -- Comment
Author Doug Chamberlin
At 11/15/2001 11:46 AM (Thursday), Woody wrote:
>From: "Helen Borrie" <helebor@...>
> > OK, that's just because you didn't remove the end-of-line marker (;). You
>need to > do that, otherwise FB will find it there - a line-ending without a
>statement. :) Look > at the release notes for more details.
>I know I use IB instead of FB, so maybe my comment is out of place here.
>But, why on earth would a statement that is commented out be looked at by
>the parser at all? It doesn't seem very useful to me to have a beginning
>comment designation that you still need to remove the ending terminator
>character from the line. Is there a particular reason this was done or is it
>an oversight that will be corrected in the next release?

I think it was done this way because the SQL parser/lexer/interpreter
really sucks. Always has. it can handle the proper syntax OK but handles
variations in really awful ways. Sometimes ignores stuff it should not,
sometimes spouts non-useful error messages.

I would consider this a bug, pure and simple. The semantics of -- should be
that everything until the line ending is then ignored. Anything else is
just not what people expect.

BTW, I have not read any release notes at all. I just heard about this
abomination on [ibsupport].