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Re: Shrinking the C core

From: Po Lu
Subject: Re: Shrinking the C core
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2023 13:30:05 +0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13)

Alan Mackenzie <acm@muc.de> writes:

> Yes.  There was a time not so long ago when cl.el was banned from use in
> our Lisp code, except for at compile time.  Our Emacs Lisp was small,
> simple to understand, and easy to learn.  Now things in cl-lib.el get
> used as if they are just a normal part of Emacs Lisp.  Our language is
> thus MUCH more difficult to understand, perhaps by a factor of somewhere
> between 3 and 10.  When perusing even established parts of Emacs I groan
> inwardly every time I encounter one of these needless cl-lib features.
> It stops me dead, forcing me to consult doc strings (which are often
> missing and often inadequate even when they are present) or even manuals.

I agree.  The use of generic functions for window system initialization
irks me to no end.

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