SRFI 116: Immutable List Library

by John Cowan

status: final (2014/11/28)

Abstract

Scheme currently does not provide immutable pairs corresponding to its existing mutable pairs, although most uses of pairs do not exploit their mutability. The Racket system takes the radical approach of making Scheme's pairs immutable, and providing a minimal library of mutable pairs with procedures named mpair?, mcons, mcar, mcdr, set-mcar!, set-mcdr!. This SRFI takes the opposite approach of leaving Scheme's pairs unchanged and providing a full set of routines for creating and dealing with immutable pairs. The sample implementation is portable (to systems with SRFI 9) and efficient.