[REBOL] Re: Fun with blocks of words (a tad longish)
From: giesse::writeme::com at: 10-Oct-2001 15:40
Joel Neely wrote:
> >> reduce repeat i 5 [use [.i] [.i: i append  [.i]]]
> == [5 5 5 5 5]
Actually, this is a side effect of SMC. USE rebindes its block at
each iteration, so it rebinds your growing  at each iteration.
> Again we get five references to the same word!
Five different words, but bound to the same context and thus
referring to the same value. (Well, maybe this makes them "the
same" to you... I don't want to start a new thread on mutability
and sameness... ;-)
> >> reduce repeat i 5 [use [.i] copy/deep [.i: i append b [.i]]]
> == [1 2 3 4 5]
Non need for copy/deep this way.
> >> apparg: func [b x] [append b [x]]
> >> c: repeat i 5 [apparg  i]
> == [x x x x x]
> >> reduce c
> == [5 5 5 5 5]
>> apparg: func ['x] [append  x]
>> c: repeat i 5 [use [j] [j: i apparg j]]
== [j j j j j]
>> reduce c
== [1 2 3 4 5]
> I suspect that this might be a performance choice. Create the
> context when the function is defined, and keep it around to avoid
> repeating that work every time the function is evaluated.
> Errrk? What about recursion?
Value stack. ;-)
> Wot??? I got five homographs! Does USE inside a function body
> behave differently than USE at the console level?
Nope. See above. :-)
> Thought 7: There's more going on here than meets the eye.
> I need another cup of coffee.
It's just that you were using a literal block before!
> As usual, feedback/comments/corrections/coffee are welcome! ;-)
Gabriele Santilli <[giesse--writeme--com]> - Amigan - REBOL programmer
Amiga Group Italia sez. L'Aquila -- http://www.amyresource.it/AGI/