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Re: What's the deal with the module system?

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: What's the deal with the module system?
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:17:20 -0200

On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 11:56 AM, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi,
> in the course of seeing how much code can be shared between
> define-builtin-markup-command and define-markup-command, the main
> difference appears to be scope.
> That's not much of a problem: just call the defining command, then
> (export ...) the result.  Except that lilypond jiggles with symbols and
> procedure properties and similar in some functions.  I quote:

The Lilypond language has a concept of scoping, ie you can do

  foo = 1

     (display (+ foo 2)))

with \paper, \midi and \header being nested scope inside the .ly
file-level scope. "foo = 1" is translated in to a scheme variable

This implemented using modules, with each scope being an anonymous
module that imports its enclosing scope's module.

The reason to put some functions ("builtin") outside the .ly level, is
that in case of


we want to reuse the built-in definitions, without changes effected in leaking into the processing of

> Being cleverer than the platform one is working on is a recipe for
> unmaintainability.  It will also get in the way of using Scheme
> compilers, debuggers and similar tools.
> So where do I get to know about the design goals and benefits?

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