[Asdf-devel] Why does asdf use ``operate''?

Mirko Vukovic mirko.vukovic at gmail.com
Fri Jul 4 21:26:42 UTC 2014

Why does ASDF use the

(operate operation-name arguments ...)

convention instead of the more usual function call

(function-name arguments ...)

Even with `operate', eventually a function will be called.

Also that one can define top level functions that call operate
(defun foo (...)
   (operate 'foo-operation ...))

What does the extra layer of operate allow that generic functions and
do not?

Thank you,

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