[racket] Saving and restoring many parameters

From: Neil Toronto (neil.toronto at gmail.com)
Date: Wed Oct 19 13:39:08 EDT 2011

On 10/19/2011 10:31 AM, John Clements wrote:
> On Oct 19, 2011, at 9:29 AM, John Clements wrote:
>> On Oct 19, 2011, at 4:03 AM, Robby Findler wrote:
>>> (I'm sorry if you got this message already; I thought I sent it
>>> already but I don't see it.)
>>> What about the current-output/error-port? what about the
>>> current-namespace? current-custodian?
>>> There are lots of parameters that affect core functions in subtle ways
>>> and if you do something like this in plot, it seems like it could lead
>>> to serious confusion someday. Also, it can introduce leaks.
>> +1. I think this is not not not a good idea.
>> Robby's solution requires you to make one list of all of the plot-related parameters, which looks to me like the "right" amount of work.
>> Furthermore, it has the unpleasant characteristic that when it breaks, it will be exposed in an unwanted change to a parameter that will likely be entirely unrelated to plot. Tracking this down will be horrible, and the axe-wielding murderer of legend will be very unhappy when he (or she?) finally gets to your doorstep.
> Dangling pronoun. Of course, I meant to say
> "Furthermore, [your solution] has the unpleasant characteristic..."

Look, as long as it's not Richard Stallman with the ax...

If I spawn a render thread that inherits the parent thread's parameters, 
won't things like current-namespace and current-custodian have the right 

It's starting to look like that is the solution that is the most 
maintainable and the least work. And it still allows users to 
parameterize the functions they plot. If something breaks, it's not my 
fault, because spawning a thread that waits on a channel for a "draw 
now!" command, and then draws on a dc, should just work, right?

(There shouldn't be any contention over the dc because I'd have the 
slideshow thread wait on an "all finished" reply over the channel.)

Neil T

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