[asdf-devel] Re: Make the CL syntax predictable
fahree at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 14:50:06 UTC 2014
On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM, Zach Beane <xach at xach.com> wrote:
> Faré <fahree at gmail.com> writes:
>> In the end it's a matter of WHO specifies the settings for some
>> compilation: the system author or the user.
> Or, in this case, Faré.
Once it's accepted that ASDF will enforce the file type decided by the
author, ASDF must have a default. And it's "lisp", not "lsp", not
"cl", not "LIS", and certainly not the fleeting content of
compiler::*compiler-default-type*. So yes, Dan Barlow made it "lisp".
So sue him.
Once it's accepted that ASDF will enforce the file encoding decided by
the author, ASDF must have a default. And it's :utf-8, not :us-ascii,
not :latin1, and not uncontrollable meaning of :default. So yes, I
made it :utf-8. So sue me.
Once it's accepted that ASDF will enforce the syntax variables decided
by the author, ASDF must have a default for each of them. And so
Robert Goldman will I hope pick a default for
*read-default-float-format* that is not "whatever value that variable
had at a time not fully controlled by either library author,
application programmer or end-user". So sue him.
I will argue that the choice of 'double-float (which I propose) vs
'single-float (which other people defend) as default float format is
analogous to :utf-8 vs :us-ascii as the default encoding: it just
allows for more values with less lossy behavior for the user. Sure,
'single-float is the old de facto semi-standard from 20 years ago, the
way that :us-ascii used to be. But that was never a guaranteed
binding, and if we are to guarantee a default binding today, we should
base the decision on today's expectations, not on expectations from 20
years ago. Now, these days, people who do actually care about floating
point computations seem to prefer double by default, and single as a
sometimes optimization. Why don't we have a poll with heavy floating
point users, and ask them which they prefer and expect as a default?
They should be the target audience for this choice. So far, my data is
that neuss and gendl prefer double, and that out of 213 bindings of
*read-default-float-format* in Quicklisp, by people who care, 40
explicitly demand 'double-float, and 23 explicitly demand
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