Why don't people like lisp?
rainerd at eldwood.com
Fri Oct 24 18:13:40 CEST 2003
Raymond Wiker wrote:
> "Rainer Deyke" <rainerd at eldwood.com> writes:
>> Personally I'd prefer guaranteed immediate destructors over
>> with-open-file. More flexibility, less syntax, and it matches what
>> the CPython implementation already does.
> Right... all along until CPython introduces a more elaborate
> gc scheme.
> Note that reference-counting has problems with cyclic
> references; probably not something that will bite you in the case of
> open files, but definitely a problem you need to be aware of.
I'm all for more elaborate gc schemes. In particular, I want one that gives
me guaranteed immediate destructors even in the presence of reference
cycles. And I want to language specification to guarantee it.
Having to explicitly close files is something I'd expect in C or assembly,
but it has no place in high-level languages. And "with-open-file" is too
limiting. Let the computer do the work, not the programmer.
Rainer Deyke - rainerd at eldwood.com - http://eldwood.com
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