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Re: Need help to understand a macro

From: Josef Wolf
Subject: Re: Need help to understand a macro
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:50:25 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 03:28:39PM +0100, Andy Wingo wrote:
> Hi,
> On Fri 19 Mar 2010 09:57, Josef Wolf <address@hidden> writes:
> >  (show-expansion (defstruct tree height girth age leaf-shape leaf-color))
> (macroexpand '(defstruct ...))
> You might want to surround that with (pretty-print ...) from (ice-9
> pretty-print).
> > Of course this is possible. After all, code is data and data is code.
> Sorta. Syntax-rules/syntax-case macros operate on syntax objects, not on
> raw s-expressions. This allows them to preserve referential
> transparency. So the result of expansion might not look like what you
> would expect.

Ummm, I just started to hammer this macro thing into my head, so I don't
understand (yet) what you are talking about. I thought the power of lisp
macros comes from the fact that they operate on s-expressions? What are
syntax objects? What is referential transparency?

> Read up on syntax-rules and syntax-case macros, when you get some time.
> I used to love defmacros but I don't use them any more.

Where can I find a version translated in pdf or html or something?

Thanks Andy!

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