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Re: Help sought understanding shorthands wrt modules/packages

From: Stefan Kangas
Subject: Re: Help sought understanding shorthands wrt modules/packages
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2022 07:47:05 -0800

Gerd Möllmann <gerd.moellmann@gmail.com> writes:

> What I meant was using shorthands as the basis for a general mechanism
> that somehow solves a "problem" that other languages use modules for.  I
> mean, a design, or at least what I understand under a design, should
> have at least briefly considered things like Eldoc, xref, completions,
> and what else there is.  I didn't see/hear this, and it only slowly
> comes up and generates "we could do this or that".  TBH, that reminds me
> a bit of Greenspun's tenth.
> But anyways, the ship has sailed.

Has it?  Richard's most recent patch has not been installed, AFAICT.

As João explained, shorthands was added mainly for the benefit of s.el
and dash.el (none of which uses it yet, I think?).  But it was not clear
from the discussion at the time that it was to be extended into a
general module system.  That's a more recent development.  Until and
unless changes in that direction have been installed, it seems premature
to talk about sailing ships.

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