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Re: Last call



On 06/30/2013 10:01 AM, Takashi Kato wrote:
On 30/06/2013 17:47, Per Bothner wrote:
For an input/output port there are two positions - because there are
actually two separate ports.
I disagree with this. It seems the point is mixed up with Java's problem
and how port should be. IMO input/output port doesn't have to (or even
must not) have two positions and it is one port.

No, the issue is not Java, but what a "port" conceptually is
(or should be): A "port" is a sequence of values, along with a current
position in that sequence.  An "input/output port" is not a sequence -
it is two sequences, along with two positions.

I.e. an input/output port is more naturally viewed as two distinct ports.
It is not in itself a port.  If you try to extend the concept of port to
include input/output ports then you no longer have a concept that has
that clean conceptual meaning.  Scheme should avoid such concepts.
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