Re: Duplication of effort.

From: Perry E. Metzger <>
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 1998 14:25:24 -0400

"Harvey J. Stein" writes:
> My question to this
> view is if this is the case then why are there so many different C
> compilers/Fortran compilers/...?

1) to some extent, there is only one C compiler left in the open
source community, and it is GCC.
2) C code from different compilers mix just fine. Scheme is so loosely
defined except at its very core that this isn't possible in our
world. Furthermore, things like foreign function interfaces and large
packages like the STk Tk functionality can't be ported easily.

> 3. Put your money where your mouth is.
> If you think it's a good idea to merge Scheme implementations, then do
> it! Why argue about it on the net? Or is the idea to try to convince
> developers to do the work for you?

I could do a "merge" myself, but the result would be three schemes
instead of two. Without the cooperation of the STk and Guile
communities, what would the point be?

Received on Tue Oct 06 1998 - 20:26:00 CEST

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