#[deriving(Foo)] syntax extension to
Unlike our other verb-based attribute names, "deriving" stands alone as a
present participle. By convention our attributes prefer "warn" rather than
"warning", "inline" rather than "inlining", "test" rather than "testing", and so
on. We also have a trend against present participles in general, such as with
Encoding being changed to
It's also shorter to type, which is very important in a world without implicit Copy implementations.
Finally, if I may be subjective,
derive(Thing1, Thing2) simply reads better
deriving attribute to
derive. This should be a very simple find-
Participles the world over will lament the loss of their only foothold in this promising young language.