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Eval-When -- a radical view
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Eval-When -- a radical view
- From: Jon L White <edsel!jonl@labrea.Stanford.EDU>
- Date: Tue, 29 Mar 88 22:31:44 PST
- Cc: email@example.com, <@edsel,@labrea.stanford.edu:jonl>
- In-reply-to: Jeff Dalton's message of Mon, 28 Mar 88 17:00:29 bst <firstname.lastname@example.org>
re: There is one subtlety that I think should be addressed, and that is:
what should implementations that always and only compile do? . . .
So maybe the top-level processor that is masquarading as "top-level EVAL"
should call a private entry into the compiler that doesn't rebind
*EVAL-WHEN-STATE*? I already had to presume such an entry to the
interpreter in the trial-balloon defmacro for EVAL-WHEN.
Even in the most minimal of implementations, I presume that LOAD differs
from COMPILE-FILE in that LOAD will successively "execute" each form
before even reading the next one. And COMPILE-FILE is called primarily
for the side-effect of creating a "binary" file. So it still makes sense
to me to have separate "situation" markers for :EVALUATING and :COMPILING,
even though serious portability questions arise about some combinations
-- JonL --