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- To: common-lisp at SU-AI
- Subject: lambda
- From: Earl A. Killian <EAK at MIT-MC>
- Date: Wed, 01 Sep 1982 06:38:00 -0000
The 29 July manual claims
1. (LAMBDA ...) is not evaluable.
2. '(LAMBDA ...) is a valid function.
On 1, I see no reason for (LAMBDA ...) not to evaluate to a function
(i.e. as if it had (FUNCTION ...) wrapped around it). So why not
allow it? Scheme pioneered this, and I think it was quite
On 2, isn't allowing this inviting users to screw themselves now
that we've got lexical scoping? E.g.
(LET ((A ...)) (SORT L '(LAMBDA (X Y) (< X (- Y A)))))
won't get the locally bound A.