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sperber@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Michael Sperber [Mr. Preprocessor]) writes: > me> 1. what I, in my naivete about PL design, take "set!" to be? > > me> (set! <name> <value>) translates, in my mind, to: dear Scheme, please > me> make it so that next time I say <name>, and <name> denotes the same ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ > me> thing as now, I get <value>. ^^^^^^^^^^^^ > > But this intuition is wrong I think you missed the now-underlined part. > , because SET! has interaction with *place* > (in the program source code) in addition to interaction with time. > > (define x 23) > > (let ((x 5)) > (set! x 17)) > > x => 23 > > This is precisely the case students struggle with. I really begin to wonder about your students... > Cheers =8-} Mike --mike -- Tools that are no good require more skill.