Subject: Re: Question on converting string to symbol
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/06/23
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Alexander Clark <>
| What are some uses for uninterned symbols?

  They're great when you need to refer to symbols captured by some
  other means than their symbol name, or used by some other parts of
  the system than the Lisp reader.  One nice thing about uninterned
  symbols is that two of them can have the same name without colliding.

| Hygienic macros?

  Macros.  (Hygiene is something the Scheme people need.)

| I'm not very clear on when to use symbols at all.  I tend to avoid
| them.

  Wow.  How do you write code without symbols?

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.