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Thanks, Bear, On Mon, 13 Sep 2004, bear wrote:
I agree totally; Ideas of "encapsulation" meaning you can't get at stuff are silly in the first place unless you start by assuming the programmer is stupid. And this is a Lisp. Let's not assume that a Lisp programmer is too stupid to know when not to use reflection.
I will resist the temptation to state my opinion on this ancient flame-war issue on this forum :).
I'd prefer the reflection operator to be RECORD->LIST or RECORD->VECTOR though. The aggregation of things returned is probably not going to make a coherent program expression; it should be expressed as data instead, and the name of the operator should reflect that.
Noted (although I did think the term sexpr has wider use than just for program expressions). Reflection is probably the weakest part of the SRFI and I am open to suggestions for improvement.