Symbols, Protocols, Frames, and Versioning

Allen Wirfs-Brock allen at
Thu Oct 4 10:24:07 PDT 2012

On Oct 4, 2012, at 10:09 AM, Brendan Eich wrote:

> Allen Wirfs-Brock wrote:
>> presumably, looking up "iterator" in a registry of  string/symbol key value pairs.  Creating a new entry if one isn't present, and regardless returning the symbol value associated with the string.
>> public @iterator = Symbol('iterator');
> No, I wrote Symbol.intern('iterator') on purpose. What you wrote just makes a unique symbol with debugging/diagnostics string associated with it.

oops, typo on my part, i meant intern.

>> conceptually could just as easily be expressed as:
>> public @iterator = RegistryOfWellKnownSymbols.lookup('iterator');
> Yes, Symbol.intern would be just like that -- but shorter and standard if we choose to do it.
> /be

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