Subject: Re: Returning Functions From: Erik Naggum <email@example.com> Date: 1997/10/03 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> * Lawrence Troxler | Just jumping in here - this means, then, that lambda is actually | equivalent to #', in the same way quote is equivalent to '? no, that's not it. #'x is read as (function x). 'x is read as (quote x). you can easily see this by evaluating (car (read)) and typing in each form. `lambda' is now a macro that wraps itself in a `function' form. this means that (lambda (x) (+ x x)) evaluates to (function (lambda (x) (+ x x))), which is what would be read if you typed #'(lambda (x) (+ x x)), so you can omit the #' from `lambda' forms with no visible effects in normal code. #\Erik -- if you think this year is "97", _you_ are not "year 2000 compliant". see http://www.naggum.no/emacs/ for Emacs-20-related material.