Subject: Re: does my dream, my hope finishes here?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 15 Aug 2002 19:48:36 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Rahul Jain
| How is something that's non-portable supposed to be fully general?

  It could export the same interface in all implementations.

| If it's not portable, it's not general to the language...

  Common Lisp implementations are generally not portable, but rest on
  implementation-specific details on the particular platform, base compiler,
  and operating system.  The language implemented is supposedly the same on
  all implementations and facilitates portability by making it possible to use
  the exact same language everywhere, even though each implementation does
  subtly different things on each platform in order to achieve the /specified/

  The question is whether you have portable code in the implementation or
  portable interfaces from the specification.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

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