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Re: setf.scm

>>>>> "Mikael" == Mikael Djurfeldt <> writes:

Mikael> What do you mean?
Mikael>   (x o 1)
Mikael>   (x o) -> 1

Yep. This way you only get the symbol you have asked for; `x' truely
becomes an accessor. I like setf! better, but the above is preferable
to set-x! IMHO.

Mikael> I think
Mikael>   (set-x! o 1)
Mikael>   (x o) -> 1
Mikael> is clearer.

But it still introduces `set-x!' which I think it shouldn't. The user
did not ask for that, he had concerned himself with `x'.

Mikael> I don't think it is arbitrary.  

Ok, perhaps it isn't completly arbitrary, but there is a range of
possible choices and the problem is not unique to objects, so picking
any particular one has elements of arbitrariness.

A former colleague taught me that what is a logical name to one person
invariably is the opposite to somebody else. Thus *any* autogenerated
name should be considered with great scepticism.

And isn't that unschemish if anything? In the clean world of pure (R4RS)
scheme, there is nothing beyond `define' that permanently introduces
a global name binding.

Mikael> And, besides, if the user isn't happy about set-x! he can
Mikael> choose a better name himself with #:setter, and he doesn't
Mikael> even need to create getter or setter names at all.

Well, if he wants `set-x!', he could use #:setter. Suppose you hate
the idea of `set-x!', with the above scheme you have to specify both
#:getter and #:setter *everywhere* you in CLOS and STk would have used
just #:accessor.

Mikael> It may also be more consistent to rename #:accessor to #:accessors if
Mikael> it's going to generate both `x' and `set-x!'.  (Logic: Both mutators
Mikael> and selectors are "accessors".)

Only if you insist on introducing two different names into the users

Where a getter or a setter is one or the other, an accessor is both.

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