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Re: [Scheme-reports] Some comments after reading the r7rs public draft

Ray Dillinger scripsit:

> The only semantics for which this is the "correct" behavior
> are pure-functional promises, ie, computations with no side
> effects. 

Indeed.  Still, that's not hay; pure functional computations may be
well worth delaying.  In the Pure language (which is about as pure as
ML -- the name has nothing to do with pure functional programming),
most but not all standard procedures are auto-forcing.  This allows
clean interoperation between streams and lists.  See
for some elementary examples.

As far as I know, Chibi is the only Scheme with auto-forcing, and it
must be turned on by a configuration option.

John Cowan   cowan@x    http://ccil.org/~cowan
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"Only on Barrayar would pulling a loaded needler start a stampede toward one."
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lose support instead of finding it when you threat with the charged weapon."

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