[racket] Plea for neologism (was: Re: letoverlambda)

From: John Clements (clements at brinckerhoff.org)
Date: Tue Nov 23 14:08:28 EST 2010

On Nov 20, 2010, at 6:58 PM, Matthias Felleisen wrote:

> On Nov 20, 2010, at 9:01 PM, Greg Hendershott wrote:
>> But I didn't get the
>> impression that all or even most of the macro techniques were
>> unhygienic. 
> Hygiene is a technical term. The idea is roughly that 
> the __macro system__ (as a whole) should respect the 
> lexical structure of your program. That is, by default
> no programmer should be able to accidentally write a 
> macro that messes up lexical bindings in a subtle way. 

Dave Herman mentioned this to me some time ago, and my immediate response was this: okay, if the term "hygiene" refers to a macro system and not to a macro, then *what word* should we use to describe macros that violate transparency? "non-transparent"?


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