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[Chicken-users] Async IO (was Re: libcurl?)

From: Graham Fawcett
Subject: [Chicken-users] Async IO (was Re: libcurl?)
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 13:05:01 -0400

On 10/4/05, Michele Simionato <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 10/3/05, Peter Keller <address@hidden> wrote:
> > <snip>
> I have seen very similar discussions on python-dev. There most people
> are strongly advocating *against* threads and consider as viable alternatives
> cooperative multitasking and processes. In my experience I can say that
> if you have powerful libraries to manage interprocess communication and
> asynchronous programming (say Twisted) the only use for threads is to manage
> third party libraries which are blocking, but for new code you can do
> practically everything without threads.

+1. Scheme seems inherently well-suited to this kind of model, esp.
given continuations and the plentiful supply of syntatic sugar.
(Reading Twisted code can be painful at times; I suspect that a Scheme
equivalent would bear much more readable and manageable code.)

This bears the question: is there anything comparable to the Twisted
framework (monolithic process with async IO, continuation-like
application design) in the Scheme world? Clearly the foundation is
there, I just wonder if anyone has "packaged the concept" as the
Twisted developers have.


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