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Re: Common Lisp solved this problem 20 years ago

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Alan Watson <a.watson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> I aplaud this goal. However, rather than create this horrid mess of
> type-specific operators, I would much prefer an approach that used
> type declarations, perhaps:
>    (with-flonum (x y) (/ x y))
>    (with-fixnum (n m) (* n m))

Declaring types of identifiers is not enough, because it can't express
the wish to ignore any fixnum overflow and assume that the result will
fit in a fixnum.

   __("<         Marcin Kowalczyk
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    ^^     http://qrnik.knm.org.pl/~qrczak/