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Re: performance

   Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 08:21:51 -0400
   From: David Van Horn <dvanhorn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

   In short, the space consumption has at worst a logarithmic overhead 
   compared to a plain ol' list.  Right?  I'm still not sure I'm answering 
   the question you're asking.

Yes, you've answered my question.  I'm a little concerned now, though,
that the representation you've chosen will cause problems if, for
whatever reason, one tries to store a node as an element of a
random-access list.  For example, suppose one has written a debugger
that uses random-access lists, and one is trying to use that debugger
to debug a routine internal to the random-access list library which
has nodes as the values of local variables, which get stored in the
debugger's random-access lists.  Code of the form (if (node? t) ... (f
t)) makes me nervous.  But I still haven't read the implementation
thoroughly; maybe this isn't an issue.