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- To: Guy.Steele@CMU-CS-A.ARPA
- Subject: SETF madness
- From: WVANROGGEN@DEC-MARLBORO.ARPA
- Date: Sat 8 Oct 83 10:29:44-EDT
- Cc: common-lisp@SU-AI.ARPA
This is going a bit too far. I can put up with a lot of the cute
features Common Lisp has, but these last suggestions are just going to
be too difficult to implement (at least on a Vax). I'd strongly
recommend *against* these changes to the Excelsior edition.
Instead, we ought to consider what users would really want. If Common
Lisp is supposed to be a general, common language usable by everyone,
we should provide something like:
(setf (eval `(let* ((pretime (get-internal-real-time))
(< pretime (+ (get-internal-real-time) <<time-limit>>)))))
for user-supplied <<pre-condition>>, <<post-condition>>, and <<time-limit>>.
Implementors should be encouraged to design SETF so that it also meets
these conditions (of course).