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(reduce #'or ...)
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 87 12:06:52 PDT
From: larus@paris.Berkeley.EDU (James Larus)
I use REDUCE quite frequently and recently ran across a strange
interaction between it and another CL feature. I was trying to
(reduce #'or (mapcar ...))
Will using "some" solve your problems? I believe that (some #'f L) is equivalent to
(reduce #'(lambda (x y) (or x y)) (mapcar #'f L) :initial-value nil), except that in most implementations it's faster and
conses less, so long as f doesn't have side effects.
The fact that and and or only evaluate as many of their arguments as necessary is hardwired into most LISPers spines,
and many believe that using it as a control construct is often more perspicuous than the alternatives. I think it most
unlikely that it'll be changed.