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Adding more to boot-9

From: Ian Price
Subject: Adding more to boot-9
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2012 16:40:52 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.3 (gnu/linux)

Alternative title: list lurker suggests bloat

I want to propose the addition of four procedures to guile's (ice-9
boot-9) aka "core guile": fold, fold-right, shuffle, and perhaps
shuffle!. I can provide patches myself, or one of you handsome people
can do it for me :)

First, fold and fold-right are probably the two most useful list
procedures that are _not_ included in guile's base[0]. Many times, I will
import srfi 1 just for these. I imagine many people are in a similar
boat. I don't imagine transplanting these will be too
difficult. Alternatively, we could settle for simpler variants that only
allowed one list, and require the inclusion of srfi 1 for the more
general versions.

shuffle and shuffle! are two procedures that are conspicuously absent
from anywhere guile, and that I have probably reinvented every two
months or so. I'd suggest a traditional knuth shuffle, and copying for
the nondestructive version, though Riastradh has a selection of
shuffles[1] we could use. Oleg Kiselyov also suggests a purely
functional implementation[2].

Feedback and flames welcome

0. Incidentally, char-set-unfold!, char-set-unfold, char-set-fold,
string-unfold-right, string-unfold, string-fold-right, string-fold and
hash-fold _are_ in the base, and this is supposed to be list processing



Ian Price --

"Programming is like pinball. The reward for doing it well is
the opportunity to do it again" - from "The Wizardy Compiled"

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