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Re: Guile Impressions

From: Neil Jerram
Subject: Re: Guile Impressions
Date: 11 May 2001 09:30:58 +0100
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>>>>> "John" == John Fitzgerald <address@hidden> writes:

    John>       It would be unreasonable of me to expect hardcore
    John> Schemers to handicap themselves in their discussions by
    John> avoiding Scheme terminology.  Such terminology expedites
    John> communication, but the uninitiated need a "leg up".  The
    John> difficulty posed to newcomers seems to be much greater in
    John> the Scheme world than in others I live in because things
    John> seem to be almost exclusively defined in Scheme terms.  Even
    John> in books with teach Scheme programming, there is a distinct
    John> lack of non-Scheme descriptive text.  Perhaps what is needed
    John> is a glossary of terms like 'closure', 'fluid' and
    John> 'continuation' (to name some Scheme language ones) which we
    John> newbies can refer to to get an plain English description.

For 'closure', have you read the `About Closure' section of the
reference manual?  I tried specifically to aim it at readers without a
Scheme background, so I'd appreciate your feedback on whether or not
it is successful in that respect.

I hope to get to 'fluid' documentation soonish.  'continuations' are
just too damn hard!


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