Comments on Sept Meeting Notes

Brendan Eich brendan at
Thu Sep 26 19:50:44 PDT 2013

> Mark S. Miller <mailto:erights at>
> September 26, 2013 7:45 PM
> On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM, Brendan Eich <brendan at 
> <mailto:brendan at>> wrote:
>         Kevin Smith <mailto:zenparsing at
>         <mailto:zenparsing at>>
>         - Duck typing *must* work across Realms.  Symbols without a
>         registry do not.  You can make special cases for built-in
>         symbols, but special cases make bad law.
>     (You learned from me.)
>     I agree world-of-realms matters, in many ways. We can solve this
>     more generally, and should. I don't know the timing, but the idea
>     that cross-realm local issues stop global progress via symbols is
>     a bad trade in general. Must avoid getting stuck at local maximum.
> In the same spirit of brevity, you have this backwards. Local hill 
> climbing with no lookahead is how to get stuck at a local maximum.

That's what I wrote!

We need a world-of-realms spec. If we have one, probably many problems 
become easy to solve. If we don't, then arguments against symbols in 
particular and any world-wide values (value objects) that lack lookahead 

> The lookahead needed here is not agreement on a registry, but at least 
> a straw registry whose implications we understand. Perhaps we have 
> one, which is fine. We should examine it as part of this discussion of 
> Symbols.

Why do you assume a mutable, racy registry?


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