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Re: [Scheme-reports] Write procedure is not backwards compatible

John Cowan <cowan@x> wrote:

> Aaron W. Hsu scripsit:
> > Chez Scheme does have WRITE that handles cycles. Specifically, there
> > is a parameter PRINT-GRAPH that controls whether or not WRITE will
> > print the shared structure of the datum or not. 
> Unless you are doing multiple writes within a single procedure, you are
> going to have to wrap each write in parameterize in order to get the
> correct effect:
> (parameterize ((print-graph #t)) (write obj port))
> or use #f for #t.  Given all that verbosity, I'd just as soon have separate
> write procedures.

The intention is that you can set what you want for any given situation. 
Basically, you can do this even with procedure names, but you need at least 
three if you want to be useful. 


Otherwise, the two are pretty equivalent. You can wrap the parameterize up 
if you want to, and you can use a parameter to dispatch if you want to do 
so. I usually want a safe, standard write, and then occassionally I may 
want to print shared structure, but rarely. So, when I do, it is easy and 
convenient for me to use a parameter for this.

One convenience of the parameter is that you can set it outside of the 
program, rather than having to commit to a specific choice inside. That 
could be done by creating your own custom parameter to store the write 
procedure that you want to use, so you can achieve the same effect either 

Aaron W. Hsu | arcfide@x | http://www.sacrideo.us
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