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Re: "environment" unsuitable name for top-level environment
Michael Livshin <email@example.com> writes:
> and you are right here. somehow the word "environment" in the context
> of R*RS stuck in my mind as "the parameter to eval". oh well.
It is, in the context we are using here, of "environments" as
first-class data types:
> Implementations may extend eval to allow non-expression programs
> (definitions) as the first argument and to allow other values as
> environments, with the restriction that eval is not allowed to create
> new bindings in the environments associated with null-environment
> or scheme-report-environment.
They use the term "environment-specifier" to make clear that Scheme
is not required to support first-class environments, but only a
finite set of values that *specify* an environment. For example, a
valid implementation uses symbols as environment specifiers:
(define (interaction-environment) 'interaction)
(define (scheme-report-environment version)
(if (= version 5) 'R5RS (error "bad version")))
(define (eval exp env)
(.... (if (eq env 'interaction) ....) ...))
It seems clear that in implementations that *do* provide "first-class
environments" that the 2nd parameter to eval *is* an environment.
That is the correct terminology if you want to follow R5RS.
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