Stackless 3.0 alpha 1 at blinding speed

Courageous jkraska at
Sun Apr 20 19:13:41 CEST 2003

>Thanks. It seems Tim is making a heroic effort to explain the new in
>terms of the old. This necessarily must fail, but what other option is
>there instead of rebuilding all terminology out of gotos?

"non local goto" describes it well, but another way of looking at
it is as a "first class, user controlled context switch". That's
actually the meat of what it is. In unix, theoretically one could
set up the heavy weight equivalent of a continuation by the use of
setjmp and longjmp, although certain patterns of setjmp/longjmp
aren't always safe. Continuations are (or at least are supposed to

In conjunction with a "stackless" environment, a continuation is
actually a very lightweight state save coupled with the ability
to restore to the last point the continuation was set.


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