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[REBOL] Re: RFC: Cross-language benchmark proposal

From: jan:skibinski:sympatico:ca at: 7-Nov-2002 16:30

Hi Joel,
> ... AFAIAC *any* solution based on "transformation" of the standard > algorithm would go in the "custom" category. >
I do not mind such classification and I do not particularly care that much about it. You are the boss in this project, so go ahead, set the rules and I will comply. :-) I was just fiddling with something else and it suddenly appeared to me that I could reuse it in Ackerman. I'll post that little gadget separately. However I do not understand your quotation marks around my 'transformation word.:-) A technique of program transformation is considered to be a good thing, since it quite often offers a refreshing view. As long as two things are equal they are "referentially transparent". This is what Haskell is all about (aside from the laziness): you can always substitute LHS by RHS _everywhere_ in your program and you do not have to worry about side effects and changes to semantics. I took great care to comply with this principle in the example posted. And here is a fine line: if a compiler did exactly what I have done you would not complain, would you? :-) All the best, Jan