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Re: Writing Destructive Functions
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- Subject: Re: Writing Destructive Functions
- From: Ranson <ranson@LANNION.cnet.fr>
- Date: 22 Sep 92 07:55:00 GMT
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How can you best write destructive functions?
My understanding of the Lisp wisdom is that the best way is to NOT write
destructive functions. Lisp is a functional language: write functions that
return results. You will also note most (all?) of Common Lisp functions work
What you could do is:
1/ Write a destructive function (in the CL meaning: compute the result, maybe
destroying the parameters).
2/ Write a macro that calls the function and SETFs a place to the result.