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Re: [Axiom-developer] Boot and other Lisps

From: Gabriel Dos Reis
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Boot and other Lisps
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 21:53:13 -0500 (CDT)

On Wed, 14 Mar 2007, Gregory Vanuxem wrote:

| > I see your question as suggesting that we should have the translator
| > honor the Lisp convention -- that would be the most logical thing to
| > do.  If people agree, I can add that capability to the translator --
| > and of course, I'll document it :-)
| :-)
| Not exactly, I'm not suggesting something though rereading my mail it
| seems to be. In fact I asked some thoughts because I don't know how this
| should be handled. I like the idea to add support of Lisp special
| variables (*something*) but on the other hand this is a restriction. You
| have to use $variable or *variable*. Don't know what to do, force the
| user or use a more general way via a declaration.

OK; I believe it is an issue we have to address.  Would you prefer

    _*PACKAGE_* : global             -- Boot, please, *PACKAGE* is global
    callingPackage := _*PACKAGE_*
    -- ... do some work ...
    _*PACKAGE_* := callingPackage


-- Gaby

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