Are the values of objects the references to them?

Allen Wirfs-Brock allen at
Sat Aug 26 20:41:17 UTC 2017


> On Aug 26, 2017, at 1:26 PM, Michael Dyck <jmdyck at> wrote:
> Another
> reason might be to avoid making a distinction that the spec will never (or
> rarely) use.
> When you pass a value to a function-parameter or assign a value to a
> variable, you are (in spec terms, more or less) binding that value to an
> identifier name, i.e., creating an association between the name and the value.
> Given that terminology, I don't think it helps to add "reference" to the
> description. It's enough to understand that a value can participate in
> multiple bindings/associations at the same time. But you're free to imagine
> references being involved in the implementation.

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