The smallest feature
This has to be one of the smallest features ever shipped. We’ve modified the behavior of one character, and it is a small character at that. But I think you will agree that it will have a major impact on your work.
See if you can spot the difference. Last week:
Did you catch it? Of course, it is the 5 red pixels after the semicolon that indicates an error.
Yes, after years of research, massive focus groups, intense design debates, and countless cups of coffee, we now accept formulas with a semicolon at the end. For those of you in lands where a comma is used as the decimal separator, that’s two semicolons.
What’s the big deal? First, there are many of you that simply can’t kick the habit of putting a semicolon at the end of everything. C/C++/C# demands it and many other languages either prefer or accept it.
Second, have you ever tried to comment out a function call at the end of a long formula? Take this example:
If you comment out the last line, you are left with a dangling semicolon on the previous line that will cause an error. But no longer:
Now, can you use TWO chaining operators in a row? No, let’s not get crazy out there.