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[Axiom-developer] chunking

From: Tim Daly
Subject: [Axiom-developer] chunking
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 14:20:28 -0400

In fact chunks (except in makefiles) chunks are only used to 
"lift" pieces of text from the main <<*>> chunk for explanation.
I'm unaware of any place where I use chunks within chunks.

The primary use of chunking is to reorder the program source into
a document-style of explanation. If I'm working on the system and
get a deeper understanding of a function, heavily modify a function,
or generally have something special to say I will lift the function
into a chunk, make it a section or subsection, and include documentation.

Within the top level makefile (only, as far as I know) the
chunk-within-chunk pattern is used to customize the Makefile.${SYS}
chunks. Since this involves repeated code that has to be included
in many different outputs it is useful to define the chunk in one
place and use it in multiple places. 


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