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Re: adding namespaces to emacs-lisp (better elisp?)

From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: adding namespaces to emacs-lisp (better elisp?)
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:01:08 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2 (gnu/linux)

Drew Adams <address@hidden> writes:

>> http://nic.ferrier.me.uk/blog/2013_06/adding-namespaces-to-elis pis
>> a proposal to add namespaces to emacs-lisp.
>> I'd be really interested in what people think about this, whether it
>> would be worth my time trying to do this or not.
> OK, I'll start.  I am in favor of the Common Lisp spec - IOW, Common
> Lisp "packages".  I am in favor of such a namespace system for Emacs
> Lisp.
> I read your proposal overview, Nic.  It's not clear to me just what
> the differences would be from the Common Lisp package system.
> Perhaps you could spell the differences out in more detail somewhere.
> But the closer we can get to the CL spec the better, IMO.  If we
> could conform to it completely, that would be great.
> Even keeping the same terminology, symbol names etc. as CL would
> help.  It would help users who are coming from Common Lisp or who
> happen to read Common Lisp doc.
> And it would help the reuse/transfer of existing code from CL to
> Elisp.  (Yes, such reuse/transfer might require some massaging, but
> similar syntax and semantics would help minimize that operation.)
> Of course, adopting CL terminology in this regard should mean that
> we would drop the terminology used so far for Emacs "packages".
> An argument can be made that both uses of the word "package" are
> somewhat unfortunate.
> At this point, I think conforming to the terminology that has been
> used in CL for 30 years is the right approach, regardless of
> whether CL "packages" are really, in effect, namespaces.
> So +1 for adding CL-style namespaces to Emacs Lisp.  One opinion.


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