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Re: Changing the name
Sebastian Egner writes:
> The fact that the macro does partial application and not proper currying
> has indeed spawned a discussion about the name. Please refer to the
> previous thread initiated by Stephan Houben.
> In my reply to Stephan I propose the name
> instead of 'curry'. As always with these kind of choices, a great deal
> of it is simply a matter of taste and personal (programming) background.
> As I have little experience with ML, my preference is 'partial-apply' as
> it also refers to the 'apply' function of Scheme.
> Would 'partial-apply' be fine with you?
Well, it would be better than CURRY. On the other hand, I think
it's a potential source of confusion, since the interface to your macro is
different from that of APPLY, which requires its last argument to be a
In my work, I've used the name CALL for the following procedure,
which is like APPLY except that the arguments are provided severally
instead of being bundled into a list:
(lambda (procedure . arguments)
(apply procedure arguments)))
I think of your macro as ``partial CALL'' rather than ``partial APPLY.''
John David Stone - Lecturer in Computer Science and Philosophy
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