Subject: Re: Matrix type... question on Lisp implementation..
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/12/22
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* "Janos Blazi" <>
| Of course I knew that it was possible to compute powers in CL!  But I
| EXPT is a function that takes its arguments at runtime and evaluates them
| at runtime.

  why can't you just QUIT posting your ignorant drivel, Janos Blazi?

  a Common Lisp compiler is free to inline or transform any call to a
  function in the COMMON-LISP package, including pre-computing its value if
  the arguments are all compile-time constants.  this freedom is OBVIOUSLY
  not dependent on the number or kind of characters in the name of the
  function, which you seem to think it is.

| When you use rationals you want to have *exact* answers and this is what
| I referred to as *symbolic*.

  is the rest of the janos-speak dictionary available on the Net?

| I think we should always use the right tool, sine ira et studio.

  the right tool is surprisingly often the brain.  if it doesn't work, it
  may be most appropriate to abstain from posting USENET articles, but it
  may also be acceptable to ask questions instead of posting assumptions.