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Method-lambda and apply-method-lambda
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 88 14:38:09 CST
From: Patrick H Dussud <DUSSUD@Jenner.csc.ti.com>
I have two kinds of comments about your proposal. I have some minor
comments about the details of the proposal itself as well as some
serious questions about whether it can work.
I will start with the minor nits.
make-method-function GENERIC-FUNCTION QUALIFIERS SPECIALIZERS
LAMBDA-FORM &optional MACROEXPAND-ENVIRONMENT
Since, as you say, the method function captures the contract between a
class of generic function and a class of method, I think this generic
function should receive the prototype method as an argument as well.
I am not sure that I want to have to pass the method to apply-method?
If I am going to pass the method, why don't I also pass the generic
Also, I am pretty sure we want to make compile work on these, which
brings me to my second point.
How does one write the following code in your proposal:
(defun advise-1-arg-method (method)
(let ((function (method-function method)))
:function #'(method-lambda (a)
(format *trace-output* "~&Got arg ~S" a)
(funcall function a)))))
The point is that in this case the `method function lambda' appears
lexically in the source code. That means that it can capture the
lexical variable function. It also means that it is compiled at
I think both of these are important properties. Perhaps the solution is
to have the generic function you say, but specify in addition that the
standard method returns (METHOD-LAMBDA (..) ...).