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Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
Per Bothner <per@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:Taylor Campbell wrote:I'm a bit unclear on one part of your proposal: is the type declaration syntax merely a suggestion to the compiler, or does it actually affect the semantics of a program?The latter, but perhaps not quite the way you're thinking. (let ((V :: TYPE init)) ...) has semantics like: (let ((V (coerce-to-TYPE init))) ...)I dislike this, because it's a hidden semantic in the type declaration.
Huh? What's hidden about it? That's the *primary* semantics of a non-hidden syntax.
Why not declare that (let ((V :: TYPE init)) ...) is an error if the init doesn't return something of the proper type?
It does that, if the value isn't convertible. But if you go along with the basic model that modular arithmetic is selected based on the type of the operands, then we need a way to convert a normal integer to a modular integer, and back again. The coercion model provides that in a convenient way. -- --Per Bothner per@xxxxxxxxxxx http://per.bothner.com/