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Re: Is Guile Useful to a Scheme Noob

From: Neil Jerram
Subject: Re: Is Guile Useful to a Scheme Noob
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 21:17:42 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Mike Gran <address@hidden> writes:

>> From: Neil Jerram address@hidden
>> True.  But you should be able to work around that just by 
>> changing [ and ] back to ( and ).
>> (Personally I dislike those square brackets, and it seems 
>> to me an unhelpful editorial choice to use them in TSPL. 
>> I don't recall my copy having them; perhaps yours is a newer edition.)
> Square brackets would be fairly easy to backport to 1.8.  Is there
> an argument against doing so? 


address@hidden:~$ guile
guile> (version)
guile> (define [a 2)
guile> [a

But that's hardly a big deal; recognizing [ and ] as ( and ) could be
subject to a reader option.

(Also at one point we had support for Elisp vector syntax.  I'm not sure
how that ended up in 1.8.x, but in any case any possible problem is
still covered by a reader option.)

So if you feel like backporting this, please go ahead!


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