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Arc in a nutshell: It’s no Dylan (and that’s too bad)

What’s the point of Arc? Infix-syntax Dylan is a much, much better language, especially once you add in the changes and features from the Dylan Design Notes and the infix version (but keep the prefix syntax). Really, Dylan is pretty much the Ultimate Lisp in a lot of ways. Arc is essentially (decr Scheme) with […]

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Programming language terminology lesson: Closures

In reading Beyond Java by Bruce Tate, I saw the following: Java’s syntax lacks features like closures and code blocks (which let you pass a block of code as an argument). Argh! In the vast majority of languages that support them, a block is a closure! Blocks, closures, lambdas — they’re all just different words […]

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