Re: comments Marc Nieper-Wißkirchen 17 Aug 2020 14:47 UTC

Dear Marc,

I am currently finishing SRFI 195 and I have thought again about your
proposal to allow (box ...) to be the same as (values ...).

What would be the value of the following expression?

(let-values ((x (box 1 2 3)))
  x)

Under your proposal, replacing "box" with "values", the value would be
the list (1 2 3). In the original proposal of this SRFI (and in
Schemes that do not or cannot equate "box" and "values"), the value
would be a single-element list.

Furthermore, under your proposal, it is not clear to me what the value of

(let-values ((x (box 1)))
 x)

would be? By the way you seem to have implemented SRFI 111 boxes, this
would be a single-element list containing a proper box object and not
just the value 1. But this would be inconsistent to the value of the
first expression.

Am Mo., 4. Mai 2020 um 23:21 Uhr schrieb Marc Feeley <xxxxxx@iro.umontreal.ca>:
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> It should be specified that it is an error to call set-box! with a number of values that is different than the number of values in the box being set.  In other words, set-box! does not allocate memory.
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> Your extension to boxes reminds me of how multiple values are implemented in Gambit, with a “values object” which is in effect SRFI 195 boxes, in the sense that (box A B C) is Gambit’s (values A B C).  For that reason I would like your SRFI to specify that it is allowed, but not required, that
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>        (box X ...)  is equivalent to  (values X ...)
>        (unbox b)    is equivalent to  b
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> Marc
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