[racket] applicative order -- topic was: Re: Help with exception raising and testing

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Wed Aug 28 11:04:29 EDT 2013

On Aug 27, 2013, at 8:48 PM, Galler wrote:

> Racket uses applicative order

For the record, there is no such thing as 'applicative order.' There is call-by-value and there is a humongous misunderstanding called 'applicative order' in the 1960s and 1970s that was fixed by Plotkin's 1973 paper on "call-by-name, call-by-value, and the lc" in TCS. There are stone-aged authors who can't resist using this terminology but we should be enlightened enough to know that this is a bogus term w/o well-defined meaning :-) 

-- Matthias (heart-felt as you can tell) 

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