As mentioned in the introduction, blocks are expressions in Basic Storm. Blocks evaluate to the value of the last expression inside of them (similarly to progn in Common Lisp, and how blocks work in Elixir). Since the body of a function is a block, it is possible to omit the return statement as long as the last statement in the function body evaluates to a value of the correct type.

Blocks behave in this way to make it easy to create syntax extensions that need to introduce extra temporary variables. Since blocks behave as an expression, it is possible to introduce such extra variables almost anywhere. This is used by the interpolated string literals to create code like this:

Str before() {
    Str world = "World";
    "Hello" + ", ${world}";

Str expanded() {
    Str world = "World";
    "Hello" + {
        StrBuf tmp;
        tmp.add(", ");