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- To: ZVONA at MIT-MC
- Subject: ZVONA: ~xxxxxnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- From: Alan Bawden <ALAN at MIT-MC>
- Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1982 02:18:00 -0000
- Cc: common-lisp at SU-AI
Date: Tuesday, 5 October 1982 08:32-EDT
Dick Waters' LetS, which he will release imminently, is far superior
to LOOP. Unlike LOOP, which is basically a hack, it is based on a
strong theory of what loops really are and what their structure is.
Basically it is a compiler which takes code written in terms of
streams and compiles it into efficient iterative code.
Well I think we should flush DO from Common Lisp because in spite of its
utility, it is not "based on a strong theory of what loops really are".
Seriously, I doubt very much that LetS will totally replace LOOP among the
tools I use any more than LOOP replaced DO. I am sick to death of knee-jerk
anti-LOOPism and I am beginning to irrationally regard it as a plot to disable
me as a programmer by excommunicating my most useful tools.