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2 points by rocketnia 3215 days ago | link | parent

What happens if side-efn is this?

  (mac side-efn (x y)
     ; NOTE: This form is only intended to be used in the case where x and y are
     ; raw symbols, as they are in forms like (side-efn foo bar).
     `(= ,x (- ,y ,x)    ; temp = old y - old x
         ,y (- ,y ,x)    ; new y = old x (calculated as old y - temp)
         ,x (+ ,y ,x)))  ; new x = old y (calculated as old x + temp)
Should 'undo reverse just one of these assignments or all three? Should it make any difference if these assignments are three separate = forms within a (do ...) block?

A top-level undo could be nifty, but on the Arc top level even the macro environment gets to change from expression to expression, so it can be a bit different. To allow undo on a finer scale raises the question of just how to measure the previous transaction. How many assignments should be undone, and what if they're hidden away in a call to a function nobody likes to read? What about assignments for scopes whose dynamic extent has ended?

1 point by shader 3211 days ago | link

I'm not entirely sure. Now that I think about it, fine grained undo is really a different concept from global state restoration, and is commonly only done for variables that the programmer a) knows about and b) has in mind the place he would like to restore to.

This means that finer grained undo would be more accurately implemented with save and restore functions, as opposed to just an undo function.

The global undo should work the same was as previously stated, more like a reset, and going all the way back to the start point, which may or may not be the beginning of the w/undo block.

Maybe a better system would be two pairs of save and restore functions, one that works on individual symbols, and the other that redefines '= to store the old value in a table if it didn't already exist, so that reset could restore it.