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Re: [Aldor-l] [Axiom-developer] Axiom for Aldor or Aldor for Axiom?

From: Gabriel Dos Reis
Subject: Re: [Aldor-l] [Axiom-developer] Axiom for Aldor or Aldor for Axiom?
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 09:26:53 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 4 Sep 2007, Bill Page wrote:

| As an abstraction layer this makes very good sense. I believe that
| Aldor also provides an interpreter for this layer: "-gloop", right?
| But it is not clear to me how Axiom could make use of this.

I believe the Aldor compiler can re-load FOAM files and work with
them.  `All' OpenAxiom needs to do is to generate FOAMs for linking with
the Aldor object files.


| > | How do you see FOAM being involved?
| >
| > I would like to see more documentation of FOAM and its semantics -- I
| > know there is a documentation; but I'm not sure how current it is and
| > whether it provides me with all I need.  I briefly discussed the
| > documentation issue with Stephen when I was in London last July.
| >
| What do you need to investigate this issue more deeply? 

As I said, it is not clear to me that the documentation currently
publically available contains all I need to know to generate (efficient)
FOAMs for Aldor compiler to use.  

| Are you willing to devote some time to reviewing and expanding the FOAM
| documentation?

Well, I suspect the documentation job is best done by someone who
underdtand FOAM much better than me.  When I (briefly) discussed this
with Stephen, he (jokingly) refered to legendary Unix manpages that
appear impenetrable to the novice, and crystal clear to the
experts who already know their contents :-)

-- Gaby

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