April 10 2014 Meeting Notes

Allen Wirfs-Brock allen at wirfs-brock.com
Thu Apr 24 10:57:43 PDT 2014

On Apr 24, 2014, at 10:24 AM, Brendan Eich wrote:

> Allen Wirfs-Brock wrote:
>> If (and it's still an open question) it make sense semantically to call "return" on for-of initiated  generators on unwind, then that is what we should do.
> That's not the proposal, though, is it?
> Isn't the maybe-call of return for any iterator, whether a generator iterator or other object, and isn't it unconditional on whether the for-of implicitly created a fresh iterator via @@iterator?

Right, any iterator with a @@return (or whatever).  But at the meeting (Thursday) we also discussed that for-of would act on the assumption that the normal case was getting a fresh iterator that was intended to be finalized (ether via exhaustion or implicit @@return calls on early loop exits).  In the rarer case where somebody needs multiple loops over a single iterator they would avoid for-or and  use while or for(;;) loops.

But I don't think the difference between my shorter description  and the actual proposal is germane to the arguments that catching loop early unwind exits is/isn't too expensive. 


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