• Subject: Re: CL improvements
  • From: dhandy@xxxxxxxxxxx (Douglas Handy)
  • Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 16:11:19 -0400

Jim,

>> Forgive me for being a killjoy here, but do we REALLY NEED these sort of
>> enhancements in CL? Subroutines? FOR loops? 

>Actually, I have been wanting subroutines and for loops in CL for a long
>long time.  You can emulate subroutines by either using another CL program
>and calling that, but I've never liked that concept.

Back in 1991, Paul Conte released CL/free which is a pre-compiler for
CL programs.  It provides numerous capabilities, including
WHILE/UNTIL/FOR loops, subroutines, sources macro directives with
conditional translation (IF DEFINED), include file support, etc.

It is still available free from News/400.  So anyone who REALLY NEEDS
it has been able to do it for 8 years.  I would rather see it in the
base compiler though.

Doug
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