[Oberon] Why macros were not implemented in oberon language?

Stefan Salewski mail at ssalewski.de
Sun Jul 6 02:38:54 CEST 2014

On Sun, 2014-07-06 at 09:20 +0930, Chris Burrows wrote:
> I just checked three 'modern languages' that I am aware of: C#
> (Microsoft),
> Go (Google), and Swift (Apple) and it appears that none supports
> macros.
> What 'modern languages' do you mean?

I did intentionally avoided naming some -- I know this is an Oberon
list, readers seem to be not interested in other languages.

But when you ask: There are some modern languages which have macros
directly supported by the compiler, avoiding all the trouble caused by
C's plain text substitution. I think this type of compiler supported
safe macro is called hygienic macro in literature. Nimrod supports its
well, I think Mozilla's Rust and Haskell also, see 


One additional remark: Someone mentioned Ada as a language similar to
Oberon. I think Nimrod is a much better modern and powerful alternative
(with similar syntax) -- the guy(s) seems to be really smart and work
very hard on the language. The compiler has some 10k lines of code and
compiles itself in a few seconds. And it seems to support nearly all
concepts of modern languages like generics, macros, type inference,
garbage collection, parallel processing...And performance is already
close to C.

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