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4 points by digitalis_ 426 days ago | link | parent

[There doesn't seem to be a reply button under your last reply -- we've possibly hit a maximum depth -- so I'm replying here. Sorry!]

I'm talking about "a namespace mechanism" here, without actually knowing how one in Arc would work.

Just thinking about it for a moment, I think you'd set the prefix

  (= namespace-prefix 'awesome-package)
and then there'd be some symbol (in the textual sense) that you'd put in front of all the library functions; maybe a slash.

  (def /awesome-function (...)
Or, instead of setting the namespace with a variable, you'd have

  (w/namespace awesome-package
    (def /awesome-function (...)
[I think the latter's probably better -- it's clearer where the namespace ends.]

In the end, you have to have some way of avoiding conflicts -- and all of these boil down to tacking something on the front (math.sqrt in python, for instance); I (personally) would rather have a better way of doing this than manually typing out `awesome-package` at the start of every function/macro/variable/whatever.

(Though we may eventually have to "agree to disagree" on this, I think the discussion's worth it!)

4 points by akkartik 426 days ago | link


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2 points by digitalis_ 426 days ago | link

Thank you for the enlightenment! (I promise not to abuse this power.)