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[Axiom-developer] Re: 1: %

From: Gabriel Dos Reis
Subject: [Axiom-developer] Re: 1: %
Date: 21 Feb 2006 18:11:38 +0100

Ralf Hemmecke <address@hidden> writes:

| > | The problem is the "1: %" as a constant (not a nullary function).
| > The distinction is largely syntactic, not fundamental.
| I was once told that in Aldor the difference between
|    a: %
| and
|    b: () -> %
| is that
| b() will run a program which might side-effect other things or even
| return something different each time.

yes, if the body of b() is defined so.  But not all b() are affected
by that artifact.  But it is not a fundamental or intrinsic
distinction that would have to cary to other languages.

-- Gaby

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