Official definition of call-by-value (Re: Finding the instance reference...)

Antoon Pardon apardon at
Tue Nov 18 11:09:24 CET 2008

On 2008-11-12, greg <greg at> wrote:
> Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> Why should anyone take the "Revised Report on the Algorithmic Language 
>> Algol 60" as the "official" (only?) definition of call-by-value for all 
>> languages everywhere?
> Since the term was more or less invented by the people
> who designed Algol, I thought it would be a good idea to
> find out, from as close to the source as possible, what
> *they* intended it to mean.

But you didn't try to find out their intention. You just took their
words and applied it in a different context. It isn't at all obvious
that placing their words in a context with different assignment
semantics would preserve their intend.

Antoon Pardon

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