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Re: How to quote a list of functions?


From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: How to quote a list of functions?
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:18:59 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Marcin Borkowski <address@hidden> writes:

> On 2015-08-18, at 03:03, Emanuel Berg <address@hidden> wrote:
>
>> <address@hidden> writes:
>>
>>> Not to forget: different name spaces for functions
>>> and variables. That's the LISP-2's and that's what
>>> LISP-2 users expect (they will call a variable
>>> "list" without fear of shadowing their function
>>> named "list"). LISP-1 folks (e.g. Schemers) will
>>> shudder at this thought.
>>>
>>> Which one is "better" is just a matter of taste,
>>> I think.
>>
>> I don't think it is a good idea to have variables and
>> functions share names, just like I don't think it is
>> a good idea to have one variable called HELP, one
>> help, another Help, etc. Just because it is possible
>> doesn't make it a good ide.
>
> Mhm.  Imagine that you write a function operating on (general) lists
> (like `car').  (There are plenty of Lisp functions acting on lists as
> such, some of them not implemented in Elisp, so you might want to write
> one yourself in real life.)
>
> Now, what would you call the argument of such function, given that
> `list' is a Lisp function?

There are plenty of conventions.  In non-lisp prefixing such generic
parameter name with "a" or "an" is often seen.  

  -[firstElementOf:(id)aList];
  -[appendList:(id)aList withList:(id)anotherList];



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