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The fundamental concept of continuations

From: gnuist006
Subject: The fundamental concept of continuations
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2007 05:15:49 -0000
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Again I am depressed to encounter a fundamentally new concept that I
was all along unheard of. Its not even in paul graham's book where i
learnt part of Lisp. Its in Marc Feeley's video.

Can anyone explain:

(1) its origin
(2) its syntax and semantics in emacs lisp, common lisp, scheme
(3) Is it present in python and java ?
(4) Its implementation in assembly. for example in the manner that
pointer fundamentally arises from indirect addressing and nothing new.
So how do you juggle PC to do it.
(5) how does it compare to and superior to a function or subroutine
call. how does it differ.

Thanks a lot.

(6) any good readable references that explain it lucidly ?

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