The Importance of Terminology's Quality

John W Kennedy jwkenne at attglobal.net
Tue Jul 22 21:57:21 CEST 2008


Rob Warnock wrote:
> Thunks were something used by Algol 60
> *compiler writers* in the code generated by their compilers to
> implement the semantics of Algol 60 call-by-name, but were not
> visible to users at all [except that they allowed call-by-name
> to "work right"].

...unless you were a system programmer and had to write Algol-friendly 
assembler.



-- 
John W. Kennedy
  "Give up vows and dogmas, and fixed things, and you may grow like 
That. ...you may come to think a blow bad, because it hurts, and not 
because it humiliates.  You may come to think murder wrong, because it 
is violent, and not because it is unjust."
   -- G. K. Chesterton.  "The Ball and the Cross"



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