[racket] letoverlambda

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Sat Nov 20 11:03:07 EST 2010

On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 9:53 AM, Carl Eastlund <cce at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Hendrik Boom <hendrik at topoi.pooq.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 08:42:57AM -0500, Shriram Krishnamurthi wrote:
>>> I haven't seen this book mentioned here before, so:
>>> http://letoverlambda.com/
>>> It is, well, a very particular perspective on things, but I've heard
>>> people speak well of it.
>> It looks interesting.  Very unSchemeish, though.  Chapter 6, on
>> anaphoric macros, seems to celebrate unhygienicity.
>> -- hendrik
> The following passage is particularly unsettling.
> "Even the vast majority of Scheme systems, the platform that has
> experimented the most with hygiene, provide unhygienic defmacro-style
> macros—presumably because not even Scheme implementors take hygiene
> very seriously. Like training wheels on a bicycle, hygiene systems are
> for the most part toys that should be discarded after even a modest
> level of skill has been acquired."

The paragraph before that is a strange rant, too.

Good thing we're not Scheme anymore.


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