Inline property initialisation and trailing comma

I find the above typo in my code quite a lot. I’m always suprised that the compiler doesn’t seem to care about this. Why is the above not a syntax errror?

Because the people designing the C# syntax grammar were smart enough to learn the lessons from other programming languages which didn’t allow the dangling comma, to the constant irritation of programmers in those languages.

For example, ECMAScript (JavaScript) was silent on the issue initially, and so naturally some implementations (SpiderMonkey in Firefox, Opera’s JavaScript, etc.) allowed them while others (Microsoft’s JScript) didn’t. And so this led to a spate of “why doesn’t this work in IE” questions here and elsewhere. (Fortunately, ECMAScript 5 explicitly allows them, and IE8 finally supports them in object initializers — IE8 still treats array initializers in a non-standard way, though to be fair the dangling comma for those was only clarified in ECMAScript 5, too.)

You find this in lots of other places in the C# grammar too, like enums and array initializers.

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