Henry G. Baker
Tue, 13 May 1997 18:42:58 -0700 (PDT)
> consider the following situation :
> i'm reading text into a buffer. i'm going to want to compute based on the
> text, but i don't want to keep it. thus, when processing a lot of files i
> use a single buffer and write over it repeatedly to cut down on gratuitous
> how would this be resolved in a functional object framework?
I'm not saying that there are _no_ mutable arrays. I'm only
requesting that functional arrays be marked as such. If you want to
utilize a mutable array for this application, then you should.
Now if you are willing to do a bit more work, you might for some
purposes utilize a _linear_/_unique_ type for the text buffer, but
that shouldn't be required for a generally usable Lisp.
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