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Re: generic method names for collections



Maciej Stachowiak <mstachow@mit.edu> writes:

> And it will work. In fact, unlike with Common Lisp `setf', the
> following will work right as well:
> 
> (define v '#(1 2 3))
> (define foobar vector-ref)
> (setf! (foobar v 0) 99)
> 
> Even something like
> 
> (define v '(#(1 2 3) #(4 5 6)))
> (setf! (vector-ref (cadr v) 1) 99)
> 
> Will cause v to have the expected final value of
> (#(1 2 3) #(4 99 6)) 
> 
> with only the code above. Neat, eh?

It sounds like this generic setter arrangement is more general than
Common Lisp's in some ways.  

My question is this; assume that hobbit was trained to understand
generic setters; would your system provide enough information to the
compiler to allow for complete compile time translation of generic
setters?  

This is what is neat about Common Lisp's system, IMHO.  It's a
compile-time dance, so you pay no speed penalty.

-russ

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