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Re: saving a numeric table to a disk file

> Date: Tue, 16 Jun 92 10:32:56 PDT
> From: mmeehan@eesof.com (Mike Meehan)
> ....
> Since it sounds like we are both new to lisp, I would very much like to hear the
> comments of the more experienced lispers...

These are just my personal comments, not anything from Apple the company:

It's rather easy, if the array contains only floats, to write code to do binary I/O
in MCL in exactly the same way you would write it in C, assuming that in C you use
the Macintosh I/O traps rather than the C I/O library.  So you can write a binary
image of all the floats to a file and read it back with the same efficiency in either
language and with similar-looking code.  I haven't actually done this for floats
but it should work.  Use a specialized array :element-type double-float, of course.
You're getting no advantage from Lisp in this part of your program, but no disadvantage 

Bill St. Clair's suggestion of using a fasl file is good too, of course.  It's much
easier than my suggestion, and might be as fast (or might be a lot slower, I haven't
tried measuring its speed).

The foreign function interface is also a reasonable approach to the problem.  I don't
believe that Lisp is the solution to all problems.  Use the most appropriate language
for each portion of your application and you'll thrive....