[plt-dev] Inexact integers

From: Jay McCarthy (jay.mccarthy at gmail.com)
Date: Mon May 24 15:36:01 EDT 2010

I'm totally ignorant of the history of this proposal, but I find it
very compelling. Was there any valid flak? Any improvements, etc?


On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 12:55 AM, Michael Sperber
<sperber at deinprogramm.de> wrote:
> David Van Horn <dvanhorn at ccs.neu.edu> writes:
>> I talked with the PLTers who attended TFP and it was agreed that
>> inexact integers, a holdover from Scheme standards, are counter
>> intuitive.  I wonder if it is worth doing away with them in Racket?
> It's not just inexact integers.  It's the entire idea of "inexactness"
> attached to number objects rather than operations:
> http://www-pu.informatik.uni-tuebingen.de/users/sperber/papers/numerical-tower.pdf
> (No surprise we got huge amounts of flak from the old guard over this.)
> --
> Cheers =8-} Mike
> Friede, Völkerverständigung und überhaupt blabla
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Jay McCarthy <jay at cs.byu.edu>
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