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Re: eval-when and eval-case issues.

From: Marius Vollmer
Subject: Re: eval-when and eval-case issues.
Date: 31 May 2001 02:05:31 +0200
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Rob Browning <address@hidden> writes:

> Eval-case seems to only be used in boot-9.  I'm presuming it's not
> really intended for general consumption and that eval-when is what
> we're planning to be the general mechanism.  However, we can't just
> get rid of eval-case altogether, since eval-when doesn't really do the
> same thing.

Somehow, I like `eval-case' better since it is more expressive.  Maybe
this added expressiveness doesn't make any sense, since I didn't
understand eval-when good enough when I introduced eval-case.  I don't
understand it much better now, only that there is more to it than I

So I don't know what to do about this yet, and I'd rather not change

What's more, `cond-expand' might be of interest as well, as a general
compile-time feature test device.  Maybe it can absorb the eval-when
functionality.  That is, when we can get by with `cond-expand' being
the only feature/situation test thing, I would go for it.  `eval-when'
and maybe `eval-case' could be defined in terms of it, for

> With respect to eval-when, we have to decide what its syntax and
> semantics should be.  The behavior of our existing version is
> documented here, and it
> supports the eval-when "situations" of compile, load, and eval.
> However, Marius mentioned that perhaps we should support a more
> common-lisp like eval-when.  If so, then it supports
> :compile-toplevel, :load-toplevel, and :execute, and has a fairly
> complicated set of rules for how and when these keywords affect
> loading, compiling, etc.

I'm not sure whether I want the complicatedness of the CL eval-when,
(but I want at least understand why it is there).  The syncase
eval-when specification seems quite simple to me after reading the CL
spec.  This might be an advantage (it's easy to understand) or a
disadvantage (doesn't really do what is needed, for example when
eval-whens are nested within themselves, or within non-toplevel other
forms).  I don't know yet.

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