Re: why generative? Per Bothner 03 Sep 2009 19:46 UTC

On 09/03/2009 02:46 AM, Shiro Kawai wrote:
> From:
>> For record types that are not defined at top level, it is
>> unclear whether generative or non-generative definitions are
>> more common.  My intuition says it's likely to depend upon
>> individual programmers' preferred styles, so no general rule
>> applies generally.
> Probably this point is our difference.  I often like to use
> locally defined records to group values semantically, and
> such record types should be non-generative to avoid overhead.
> But that's a matter of personal preference, so I don't push
> this use case particularly.

Some implementations might want an extension to make-rtd or
define-record-type that would allow defining methods as well
as fields.  Or alternatively an implementation-specific
function/syntax to do so.  (Kawa has a define-class form.)

If so, then the method might refer variables in the lexical
scope.  In which case the record-type would presumably need
to be non-generative, since it needs to be to access the local

So for consistency I think the default should be generative.
	--Per Bothner