Questions/issues regarding generators

Andreas Rossberg rossberg at
Thu Mar 14 19:52:54 PDT 2013

On 15 March 2013 02:33, Jason Orendorff <jason.orendorff at> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 3:48 PM, Andreas Rossberg <rossberg at>
> wrote:
>> On 8 March 2013 18:23, Jason Orendorff <jason.orendorff at> wrote:
>> > and you definitely don't want new state here, because what would that
>> > even
>> > mean? A read position is kind of inherent to a file descriptor, right?
>> A generator is an abstraction that is intended to be invokable many
>> times. Are you saying that there are generators for which you cannot
>> do that?
> Eh? No, I'm saying you generally don't want to restart functions
> automatically and implicitly.

Hm, where do you see "automatically and implicitly"? The whole point
of the proposal is to be more *explicit* about when a fresh iterator
is created, and who expects whom to do that.

> Also—if you wanted to use generators in a really coroutine-like way, like
> task.js does, under your scheme you'd have to explicitly call the @iterator
> method in order to get the object you want, the one that has .next(),
> .send(), .throw(), and so on. (Not a showstopper, as it's going to be pretty
> specialized code that does that.)

Yes, but that would also occur inside the task.js abstractions, wouldn't it?


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