[racket-dev] Please help me to understand the two lines.

From: Sam Tobin-Hochstadt (samth at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Mon May 30 10:12:26 EDT 2011

On Mon, May 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM, Yingjian Ma <yingjian.ma1955 at gmail.com> wrote:
> The lines are from
> http://pre.racket-lang.org/docs/html/reference/booleans.html
> section 3.1
> The lines are:
> (boolean? v) → boolean?
>   v : any/c
> Question 1
> The result (boolean? v) is a boolean.  Why is it not
> (boolean? v) → boolean
>  instead of
> (boolean? v) → boolean?
> ?

`boolean?' is a contract, since all predicates are contracts.
`boolean' is not a contract; it's not defined at all.

> Question 2
> If v can be anything,  why not just use any instead of using any/c?

The difference between `any' and `any/c' is explained here:

> Question 3
> What does / and c mean?

The convention of ending names with "/c" is a naming convention for
contracts.  In Racket, "/" can appear in names just like any other
character, such as "?" or "c".
sam th
samth at ccs.neu.edu

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