assign by reference - a comment

Rob Cozens rcozens at
Sun Mar 24 12:44:43 EST 2002

>>While I favor support for pointers, handles, etc.  that does NOT 
>>mean I support their implementation in Xtalk with cryptic @ or @@ 
>>syntax al la C.  Any support for these features should fit 
>>naturally into Xtalk: eg "get the address of someVariable" seems 
>>natural for a pointer.
>How about...
>put the id of variable oneVariable into pointerToVariable
>put the "blah blah" into variable ID pointerToVariable

Hi Dar,

If there are more folks on this List interested in support for these 
features, we could jointly produce a complete list of suggested 
syntax and present it to the Xtalk List for consideration.

I think there are many possible terms, and the more people who 
participate and offer suggestions, the more likely a viable syntax 
will emerge.

The feature I find most difficult to convert to Xtalk is data 
structure notation and reference, which, by implication, requires 
explicit variable typing.

Rob Cozens
CCW, Serendipity Software Company

"And I, which was two fooles, do so grow three;
Who are a little wise, the best fooles bee."

from "The Triple Foole" by John Donne (1572-1631)

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