[Interval Problem] 2 cents

Marcel Weiher marcel at system.de
Thu Aug 5 21:14:20 UTC 1999

> From: Hans-Martin Mosner <hm.mosner at cityweb.de>
> "Jarvis, Robert P." wrote:
> > Perhaps there should be an IntervalIterator class which holds  
the progress
> > of an iteration across an Interval.
> Smalltalk had iterators since ever: They're called Streams, and a  
ReadStream on
> an Interval should do just the right thing. Why not use it?
> I would especially like to have Squeak adopt the ParcPlace way of  
> ReadStreams on collections by sending #readStream to the  
collection (and so one
> for other kinds of streams). That way, a collection could have a  
> iterator that knows best how the values are generated, or it could  
fall back to
> the default implementation, which just uses #size and #at: to  
produce the
> values.

Next, take iteration away from the collections and turn it over to  
the streams, or better yet, special iteration classes that know how  
to apply a message to mixes of constant and streaming elements, or  
even farther out ( see www.fscript.org ) to message patterns with  
potentially nested collections etc. and expressive power similar to  
APL or relational algebra.

Of course, iterators can also be usefully thought of as  
generator-functions/co-routines, especially when they traverse  
complex structures, which brings us back to methods as objects with  
instance variables and/or co-routines + asynchronous messaging.


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