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Doubt in java identifiers?

 
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Hi all,
Im preparing for SCJP5. I got a very basic doubt. Why the identifiers used are supposed to start with characters,underscore and currency character? why not numbers? Is that means the compiler was designed to follow such procedure in identifying Identifiers? If so, is there any specific reason why numbers are not considered?
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Wait...


Let me call to James Gosling and his Java Developer Team and ask the reason.



Thanks,
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[ April 09, 2007: Message edited by: Chandra Bhatt ]
 
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It goes back to earlier times than when Gosling fathered his baby.

The simplest reasoning could be: because then, you might try to do something like:



Try some rumination on this here.


Cheers.
 
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Hey Stuart!
Great signature!
Creative juices flowing......
Cheers,
 
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Thanks Faisal. It's not an original though, I just encoded it into ASCII

 
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