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Thomas Lindgren <>
Thu Mar 17 16:42:20 CET 2005


--- James Hague <> wrote:
> Hmmm...makes me wonder if cdr-coding (or the like)
> would help out. 
> It's traditionally not done in in Lisp systems,
> because you can modify
> existing cons cells in Lisp.  But not in Erlang. 
> You'd lose tag bits,
> though, which is a huge deal.  I'd bet that someone
> looked into this a
> long time back :)

Not that I know of, at least. (Well, vague hand-waving
apart.) In my opinion, after having read most of
what's been published on the topic, cdr coding is both
quite interesting and quite a mess to implement. We
might call it the femme fatale of language hackers?(*)

Best,
Thomas

(*) Actually, I'd nominate compile-time reuse for that
title.


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