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RE: <boolean> (was Re: object-class)
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: RE: <boolean> (was Re: object-class)
- From: Stuart Watt <S.N.K.Watt@open.ac.uk>
- Date: 24 Nov 92 16:13:13 U
- Cc: email@example.com
> Thats not the same thing as having a small, concise definition of control
> semantics. In Smalltalk & Self control semantics are spread throughout
> several relevant classes.
I'd agree. Unfortunately, method dispatch is not complete enough to describe a
good set of control forms. Other forms, such as bind-exit, deal with scoping
and pure O-O approaches get weak here. Continuation-passing is better at this,
and is a concise definition of control. I still think that message-passing best
fits into Dylan as an "invisible cond" in the dispatch system.
What about a type macro system? <true> could be a synonym for (singleton #t),
but I always feel guilty adding stuff to small languages. Perhaps this can be
integrated with the forthcoming definition of macros so as not to be too big.
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