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"environment" unsuitable name for top-level environment
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- Subject: "environment" unsuitable name for top-level environment
- From: Mikael Djurfeldt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 22:06:05 +0200
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- Reply-to: Mikael Djurfeldt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The proposed new data type for top-level environments is called
In my opinion, this is unsuitable since the name "environment" is
already occupied: It is commonly used when referring to lexical
environments, in the current Guile implementation and in other Scheme
implementations, most notably SCM.
Currently, there are only a few operations associated with lexical
environments in Guile, but we will very likely extend this set, and,
as is already done in SCM, encapsulate lexical environments in a data
type of its own instead of exposing the internal representation to the
user. In my opinion "environment" is a suitable name for this data
type (and this is the name chosen in SCM).
I have no suggestion for an alternative name, though.
Maybe "name-space", "top-level" or "top-level-env" are good?