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Re: searching an explanation: call/cc and 'do' strangeness

On 27 Apr 1999, Gary Houston wrote:

> | Thank you for your answer.  Regrettably, we are not quite certain what the
> | lesson of your answer is.
> | 
> | Do we have to avoid using the call/cc for all kind of coroutine-style
> | iterations in datastructures?  Or is there a way to encapsulate the usage
> | of call/cc so that we can trust code outside the encapsulation to behave
> | predictably?  (OK, I guess the behaviour we have observed *is*
> | predictable, somehow, but only within a global scope of the entire
> | program).
> Hmm, folk-law says that continuations can be used to simulate threads,
> but I've never seen it done. 

That is exactly my position:  I have this idea that it *should* be
possible but I can't figure out how to make it work.

(Except that my need is not threads, but co-routines. Guile have threads,
working fine for many purposes, thank you, but they are too heavyweight
for this kind of work.  Shortly, I want to "use call/cc to capture the
part of the walking state that is on the stack"; if I can't get that to
work, my alternative is not to use threads, but to capture the state
explicitly - which means that I need to recode a piece of fine walking
code to avoid use of recursion).

>                              You can't pass the current continuation
> into scopeWalkDemo as a parameter, since the binding would be
> captured.  Maybe passing it in a variable would be helpful:


Well, it seems to work in the example. I'll give it a try and see if it
scales to my application.  Let me see if I understand you right: the idea
is to use a global variable for the continuation?  And this will work
because call/cc don't capture global bindings?  

Or is the difference that there is only one global binding, but a new
binding for each iteration of "do"?

best regards
				--peder chr.

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