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compile-time actions & top-level forms (long)
Date: Friday, 9 October 1987 09:43-EDT
From: Robert W. Kerns <RWK at YUKON.SCRC.Symbolics.COM>
To: Sandra J Loosemore <sandra%orion at cs.utah.edu>
cc: common-lisp at sail.stanford.edu
Re: compile-time actions & top-level forms (long)
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 87 11:27:49 MDT
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sandra J Loosemore)
This is pretty good. I have a general comment, and a few specifics.
General comment: Those forms which affect the compilation
environment should not be *required* to leave that effect behind
when the compilation is finished. [...] I think it is best if the
compilation is not defined to affect the environment,
I agree with this.
[...] and you should be required to load the file before compiling
the next if you want macro definitions to be visible in the next
I don't exactly agree with this. I don't think that you should assume
that the COMPILE-FILE environment necessarily has anything in common
with the environment seen by the user REP loop. This means that doing
a LOAD may not make definitions available to a following COMPILE-FILE.
This is what REQUIRE is for.
[I also agree with the other remarks made by RWK...]