Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Writing a Lisp: Continuations



This week I added continuations to my Lisp. They’re a fascinating feature, and a popular demand in the survey. It has been the most challenging feature so far, both to implement and explain, but the result has been worth it. First, what are continuations?

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The Y Combinator (Slight Return)

Tiger got to hunt, Bird got to fly; Lisper got to sit and wonder, (Y (Y Y))? Tiger got to sleep, Bird got to land; Lisper got to tell hims...