Scheme vs. CommonLisp vs. the World

Kalman Reti reti@RIVERSIDE.SCRC.Symbolics.COM
Tue, 13 May 1997 10:51 -0400

    Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 10:21 EDT
    From: (Henry G. Baker)

    >     Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 19:44 EDT
    >     From: (Henry G. Baker)
    >     > I think I can count on my hands how many people think
    >     > complex numbers should be retained in a new CL.
    >     I agree that complex numbers should _not_ be part of 'basic'/primitive
    >     Lisp, but it should be possible to program them as a library package
    >     on top.  Ditto for bignums.  
    > You might want to reconsider on bignums.  A single large file on a big disk these
    > days overflows 32 bits in byte length.

    Perhaps the 'digits'/'bigits' should be 64 bits instead of 32 bits.

This would solve the problem I was talking about as well.
    But I still think that bignums should not be primitive.  Among other
    things, one would like to program significant parts of the GC itself
    in Lisp, and not have to worry about allocations.

    Henry Baker
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