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Re: Patches for module/ice-9/occam-channel.scm

From: Daniel Krueger
Subject: Re: Patches for module/ice-9/occam-channel.scm
Date: Sun, 6 May 2012 11:33:59 +0200


I myself don't know much about the foundations of the module itself, I
only know it should be really the same as occam's channels, but I
don't know much about them. I just found the package and thought it
would seems to be useful. And as I tried to use it I found the
incompatibilities and fixed them. So I just know how this
implementation works, but not very much about the background.

I could do some documentation, it's just that I never documented
something in this info(?) format. I'll try it and send some patches,
you can then look if it's okay ^^

- Daniel

On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM, Andrew Gwozdziewycz <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Thu, May 3, 2012 at 11:18 PM, Nala Ginrut <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Well, I think it's something like Actors but little different.
>> And I think it would be nice if there's a document for it.
> It's a foundational part of actors, more than actors themselves.
> Actors need some sort of "mailbox" to communicate with the outside
> world[0]. Channels provide a type of mailbox. I assume by the name,
> the semantics of the channels provided in occam-channel, closely
> resemble those in the Occam programming language. I believe the
> semantics of Occam channels are based on C.A.R. Hoare's CSP[1].
> [0]:
> [1]:
>> On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM, Noah Lavine <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Thanks a lot for submitting them! Micro-commits are exactly what we want.
>>> These patches raise an interesting issue. I do not use occam-channel,
>>> and in fact I have no idea what it does since it has no documentation
>>> and no tests.  Normally I only reply to emails if I think I know
>>> enough to give an intelligent response, but in this case no one else
>>> is replying either. This might be wrong, but it's entirely possible
>>> that no one except you on this list has any way to check that these
>>> are correct. (Or if they do, the people who know are not replying.)
>>> So I propose this: if no one replies to this email in two days, I will
>>> merge the patches.
>>> And I hate to ask you for more after you've already contributed, but
>>> if you are able, could you write some documentation or tests for this
>>> module? It could badly use both of those things.
>>> Thanks a lot,
>>> Noah
>>> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM, Daniel Krueger <address@hidden> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I've done some work on (ice-9 occam-channel) and fixed the module
>>>> exports, the alt macro and extended it a little bit. Here are the
>>>> patches, but they are all just micro-commits, I hope that is okay.
>>>> - Daniel
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