cowan at ccil.org
Tue Mar 24 18:53:30 EDT 2009
Thomas Lord scripsit:
> Perhaps if I write a Scheme with a thoroughly customizable
> top-level environment I can support R6 but the thing
> I'm so supporting ("R6") is not therefore a good
> definition of Scheme. And perhaps I can similarly
> support a Scheme in an R6 library - but even then,
> R6 must be understood as something other than Scheme.
The term "Scheme" has no meaning. (To be precise, it used to have no
operational meaning; now it has no denotational meaning.)
But as a pragmaticist, I affirm that a term means whatever its
effects on the hearer are.
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org http://ccil.org/~cowan
Any sufficiently-complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad-hoc,
informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.
--Greenspun's Tenth Rule of Programming (rules 1-9 are unknown)
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