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Re: First look at Guile Std Library available

From: Robert Uhl
Subject: Re: First look at Guile Std Library available
Date: 05 Jan 2004 18:36:07 -0700
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Richard Todd <address@hidden> writes:
> I'm hoping it ends up in-between, where we care enough to leave (std
> ...) behind.  Maybe indefinitely.  Maybe for a couple years, so people
> can upgrade old code.

The nice thing about permanent interfaces is that one can always compile
against them--which is why C code written by college students in the
early 80s is often still useful.  Or at least can be made to be so,

> I don't want to argue about a hypothetical library cleanup for a
> library that doesn't exist yet.  I would like to put some effort into
> producing that library.

Naturally; it's very silly to care about supporting something which
doesn't even exist yet.  But it does make sense to consider what a good
usable design would entail ahead of time, so that no
backwards-incompatible changes to the API are needed in the future.
Scheme is nicer than C in this regard, of course, as optional & rest
parameters give one a certain flexibility.

Anyway, what's the URL again?  I really should try my hand at it.
Although my one true project is to figure out number->string well enough
to make it Do the Right Thing for decimals in bases other than 10 (I'm a
big fan of duodecimal).

Robert Uhl <address@hidden>
According to the National Crime Survey administered by the Bureau of
the Census and the National Institute of Justice, it was found that
only 12 percent of those who use a gun to resist assault are injured,
as are 17 percent of those who use a gun to resist robbery.  These
percentages are 27 and 25 percent, respectively, if they passively
comply with the felon's demands.  Three times as many were injured if
they used other means of resistance.
          --G. Kleck, Policy Lessons from Recent Gun Control Research

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