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Subject: Re: Common Lisp lacks portability (105
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> Would you use a language that can arbitrarily ignore some of your code
> ???  Especially if different implementations ignored different
> statements in the same code ???  Even if it didn't TELL you what it was
> ignoring when ???
Well, C can ignore register declarations.

Declarations in CL are similarly supposed to be YOUR promise that the
named objects will be of a certain type, ALLOWING the system to make
that assumption if it is convenient for it to do so.

The behavior of CL under many kinds of errors is not completely
required.  Why does it offend you so much that when you lie to different
CLs (by providing non-integer arguments) different things happen?
If you aren't willing to promise not to lie, you shouldn't use

scott preece
gould/csd - urbana
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