where := is read as “becomes”; the symbol suggests a left-pointing arrow to signify the conveyance of a value to the variable on the left. Other languages (particularly Basic, C, and Fortran) use = as the assignment operator, e.g. a = b + c
This leads to problems in expressing the concept of equality. Basic, being an unsophisticated language, is able to use = for both purposes; C uses == for equality and Fortran uses .EQ.
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