[Lvlug] Re: Lisp (was Re: [Nj-linux-consultants] Musings)
Ruth A. Kramer
rhkramer at fast.net
Fri Jun 11 14:04:42 EDT 2004
Faber Fedor wrote:
> IIRC, Scheme is the dialect you want. Common List is okay as well.
> > > I noticed that immediately with
> > > python in constructs like
> > >
> > > x,y = foobar()
> > Darn, now I'll have to go figure out what that means.
> In the Algol type languages, you can only return one thing, and many
> times it's a simple data type. The above example shows how you can
> return TWO pieces of data from a function. (Technically, you're passing
> back one tuple and putting it into two variables).
> This first showed up
> in Lisp 50 some years ago.
Hmm, I'd believe something closer to 40 years ago, maybe, but something
else for me to check when I go back to the book.
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