[plt-scheme] scribblings on PLT Scheme 4.0

From: Matthew Flatt (mflatt at cs.utah.edu)
Date: Wed May 23 23:47:37 EDT 2007

At Thu, 24 May 2007 09:13:52 +0530, "Sridhar Ratna" wrote:
> On 5/24/07, Matthew Flatt <mflatt at cs.utah.edu> wrote:
> >
> > At the language level, we are considering a few changes for version
> > 4.0. The most significant are:
> >
> >  * Pairs will become immutable by default. This is the big change that
> >    will break backward compatibility. We can provide a compatibility
> >    `mzscheme' library, but we can't do that for all the libraries whose
> >    public interface mentions lists.
> Does this mean that standard procedures like `set-car!' and `set-cdr!'
> will be deprecated?

We'd still have mutable pairs, `set-car!', `set-cdr!', and a
`mutable-cons' procedure that is bound to `cons' in various
compatibility libraries.

But `cons' in the main language that we use would create immutable
pairs, and `set-car!' would fail when applied to an immutable pair.


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