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More Lisp History Trivia Quiz
- To: Lisp-Forum@MIT-AI
- Subject: More Lisp History Trivia Quiz
- From: Masinter at PARC-MAXC
- Date: Tue ,15 Dec 81 13:28:00 EDT
- Cc: Satterthwaite
Now that LISP-FORUM beat macros and their history into the ground,
how about tail recursion removal?
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Date: 15 Dec. 1981 8:55 am PST (Tuesday)
Subject: Eliminating Tail Recursion
Can any of you provide some history or a good reference on this
[eliminating tail recursion]? I heard the idea described as part of
the hallway folklore, long enough ago that I forget the source.
The only published references to it that I can find are some of
the Scheme papers from 1975-76, but Steele hints that the technique
was used in Lisp much earlier. This technique seems to be ignored
in the catalogs of optimization techniques for algebraic languages
that I have found; are there Pascal, C, etc. compilers that do it?