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Re: Questions about srfi-77 Generic Arithmetic




On Feb 18, 2006, at 11:37 PM, William D Clinger wrote:


Bradley Lucier wrote:
For now, let me just point out

http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.scheme/msg/32949cdfdda958f8?

where either you pulled one over on me that I didn't realize, or you
didn't know what MODULO meant in 1996.  I think introducing this
operator will make things very much worse.

If I pulled anything over on you, it was by accident.
I think it's obvious from that 1996 post that I didn't
know what modulo meant in 1996.

Well, since then I've had more experience with your sense of humor, which I find a bit quirky; on rereading the post (I don't seem to have kept the e-mail) I couldn't really tell if you were joking then.

I'm not sure of your point.  Is it that, if the modulo
vs remainder distinction was confusing enough to confuse
me in 1996, the ad hockity of the proposed div and mod
will be confusing enough to confuse me (and perhaps a
few other easily confused folk) ten years later?

If that's your point, I concede it.

I don't think you're easily confused; and my point is that if remainder versus modulo was confusing in 1996 for someone who implements Scheme, I think the new operators are going to be very confusing for people who use scheme.

Brad