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Re: Separate textual/binary ports vs. mixed ports

From: Noah Lavine
Subject: Re: Separate textual/binary ports vs. mixed ports
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2012 07:57:49 -0400

I agree that separate binary and textual ports are cleaner, but what
about using a port to deal with a mixed binary/textual protocol, like
HTTP? I think the cleanest way to deal with that would be to have a
port where you first read characters and then read binary data.

That doesn't directly address the string-port issue, though.


On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 5:31 AM, Daniel Krueger <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hey,
> I think if you only use them seperate there's a clearer distinction.
> If you have it mixed you can do some, say hacking, where you see it
> works but you can't see anywhere what you're exactly doing, most of it
> is hidden in the guile implementation, which interprets
> %default-port-conversion-strategy and gives you the coding. In one
> case you maybe rely on %default-port-conversion-strategy normally
> being UTF-8 and then someone sets it to something else, which could
> give some hard to track errors. I think explicity just makes code much
> clearer and I think seperating textual and binary ports leads to more
> explicity, that's my point of view..
> - Daniel

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