Names and bindings (was Re: Scope of instantiated class)
mwh at python.net
Fri Aug 16 12:04:54 CEST 2002
aahz at pythoncraft.com (Aahz) writes:
> In article <lku1mpl69n.fsf at pc150.maths.bris.ac.uk>,
> Michael Hudson <mwh at python.net> wrote:
> >Common Lisp calls them "places", which is a reasonable name. It's not
> >that much of an issue in Python as there aren't that many of them
> >(names, attributes, subscripts, slices). In CL, you can define your
> >own (tho' it's a bit tricky).
> What exactly does "place" refer to in Common Lisp? Is a place capable
> of holding a value, or can places only contain references?
In the HyperSpec glossary (start at
) we find
place n. 1. a form which is suitable for use as a generalized
reference. 2. the conceptual location referred to by such a
generalized reference n. a reference to a location storing an object
as if to a variable. (Such a reference can be either to read or
write the location.) See Section 5.1 (Generalized
Reference). See also place.
variable n. a binding in the ``variable'' namespace. See Section
126.96.36.199.1 (Symbols as Forms).
and so on (the Common Lisp HyperSpec is a modern wonder of the world).
So I guess more of the latter of your two options.
Look up define-setf-expander if you want your head to hurt <wink>.
It's an especially annoying American buzzword for "business use,
as opposed to consumer, research, or educational use".
-- Tim Peters defines "enterprise"
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