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On Wed, Oct 29, 2003 at 09:32:20PM -0800, Bradd W. Szonye wrote: > Shiro Kawai wrote: > > There's another point, though. There are two camps in Scheme > > implementations regarding how to give the "fallback" value, both have > > their own ground. If srfi-44 gives a convincing rationale for thunk > > approach, and becomes widely spread, it may be possible that > > eventually the convention of giving fallback value converges to thunk > > approach. > > I've been thinking about this, and I'd rather raise an exception than > provide a failure thunk. SRFI-34 defines exceptions, and SRFI-35 style > conditions could provide information about the failure. It seems to me > that a language with sophisticated support for continuations should take > advantage of that in failure interfaces. It also simplifies call > interfaces, since you don't ever need to distinguish, "Is this procedure > a thunk or a collection datum?" There are two problems with this. First, exceptions would complicate the code quite a lot. Instead of: (operator val (lambda () calculation ...)) We now have (with-handler (lambda (error) calculation (lambda () (operator val))) Additionally, exceptions have widely varying performance characteristics, whereas all Schemes are written to optimize application of functions. Scott
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