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The variables +, -, *, and /

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    From: Tim McNerney <TIM@MIT-MC.ARPA>
    Subject:  The variables +, -, *, and /
    To: common-lisp@SU-AI.ARPA
    Message-ID: <[MIT-MC.ARPA].740954.851204.TIM>

    It seems unfortunate that the variables +, -, *, and / were reserved for use
    by the Top-Level Loop.  This choice of names makes it difficult to build the
    run-time environment for Scheme-like language that compiles into Common Lisp
    and that supports the illusion that there are no separate function and value
    cells.  If these variables had not been reserved, one could


    so that

	((IF SUM? + *) X Y) 

    could be simply compiled into

	(FUNCALL (IF SUM? + *) X Y)

Why not create a package SCHEME that doesn't import any symbols or use
any other package, and do what you like in that package, i.e.,


and build your own world?  This is not unlike the Symbolics solution to
Common Lisp vs. Zetalisp on the 3600 -- two different worlds rooted at
different packages ("GLOBAL" and "SYMBOLICS-COMMON-LISP").

	-- Richard