Real closures

David T. Lewis lewis at
Sat Oct 7 20:58:04 UTC 2006

On Sat, Oct 07, 2006 at 01:19:15PM -0700, Andreas Raab wrote:
> Seriously, if you wanted closures a better bet may be to take the 
> existing infrastructure and hack that support in the current 
> compiler[*]. If you know what you're doing this takes a couple of weeks 
> but then it's done. The trouble with that new compiler is that while 
> it's used for a lot of exciting research there doesn't seem to be anyone 
> who is willing to spend the time to address the "boring" issues that are 
> so important for the non-research users of a compiler.

Is there an explanation somewhere (swiki, prior message on the list,
etc) that explains how this might be done? I'm asking only out of
curiosity. This issue has been around for a long time, and I assumed
that it must be a really hard problem to solve or someone would have
done so by now.


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