The dictatorship of versioning

Robert Goldman rpgoldman at
Tue Jun 16 15:26:48 UTC 2015

On 6/16/15 Jun 16 -10:24 AM, Didier Verna wrote:
> Robert Goldman <rpgoldman at> wrote:
>> So what happens when the programmer updates the human readable version
>> and not the canonical version, or vice versa?  Wouldn't it be better
>> to functionally derive one of these two forms from the other?  E.g.,
>> (defgeneric formatted-version (component version-spec))
>   Probably. The only advantage I see in PB's suggestion is for people
>   actually reading the system definition's code. But then, don't do
>   that. Use Declt to create the reference manual ;-)
>> I am also disinclined to add something like the proposed
>   +1

Just to clarify: I am NOT saying Pascal is wrong to want these things or
to do them himself.  And I AM saying that ASDF should make it possible
for him to do so.

I'm just saying I don't want them in the core of ASDF.

This is a matter of cost/benefit analysis for ASDF as a whole.


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