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Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: Boot, Virtual Machine

From: Waldek Hebisch
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: Boot, Virtual Machine
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 17:15:58 +0200 (CEST)

> Stephen Wilson <address@hidden> writes:
> [...]
> | I figured that since you are deeply involved in developing Boot that
> | an `interesting' example would roll off the tip of your tongue. Sorry.
> I'm driven by application:  I've seen code converted from Boot to Lisp
> on the ground that Lisp was more powerful.  Yet, in the code
> converted, no additional strength of Lisp was used.  

Most of "converted" code is simply output of the Boot translator.
It is clear that such code can not use features absent in Boot.

There is a few snippets which were really converted to work around
limitations of Boot.  In fact I yesterday commited one such
snippet:  I needed double precision numeric constants, but both
old Boot and Shoe were mangling them.

Most of limitations affecting practical code is rather silly and
we should simply remove them.

                              Waldek Hebisch

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