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  • the simplicity of syntax will make it more acceptable / accessible as a mere scripting language to non-programmers, the desktop users.

    I do not buy that argument. Applescript was supposed to be a plain English, simple language for casual users. But in reality, it's one of the most inpenetrable languages around: the best way to write code that works, is to copy a working snippet, and edit it. Starting coding from scratch is, in my experience, almost impossible to do.

    So: I tend to think that a "simple syntax for non-programmers" is more like a holy grail, something people would like to have, but which cannot really exist. The best syntax for a language is, IMO, a consistent syntax. Simple rules which make sense. But non-programmers will typically still never get it.

    And perl's rules are simple... though it's typically not a uniform syntax, at least the syntax is simple for any given construct.