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Symbolics vs stock hardware
So, yes, curious as it may sound, the only thing that would make
Symbolics machines useful to me into the indefinite future would be a
high-quality Scheme implementation. I wonder if any other customers
consider this a priority?
Jonathan Rees has a Scheme compiler for the 3600. I have never used it
so I can't comment on its quality. Actually I would very much like
the plain 3600 Common Lisp compiler to support tail recursion (and
continuations as well --- though the latter would require some
extensions to the language.) Many times I have taken to writing loops
instead of tail recursive calls solely for performance reasons and
would like to be able to stop that practise.