Re: lambda-like expressions for C

On Wed, 9 Apr 2003, Edward Peschko wrote:
> hey all,
> I was wondering if anybody knew of a lambda-like expression api for
> C... what I'm looking for is something like:
> int variable = 15;
> lambda ("if (_1 < 50) fprintf(stderr, \"HERE -- %d\", _1); ", variable);
> where the first string would be evaluated at run-time, and execute the
> code, substituting the value in 'variable' for _1. (sort of like fprintf,
> except the strings that 'lambda' would take would support a subset of the
> c-api)
> what I'm ultimately looking for is the ability to take this string from a
> file (or other source), and reconfigure what the program is doing on the
> fly, without recompiling.

This is pretty far from what a lambda does.  It's more like eval in Scheme,
and would involve run-time code generation, not a trivial task.  If you
look at `C (, you'll get some idea of
what's involved.  They don't allow run-time compilation of arbitrary code,
though, but I think their backend could be modified to work with it, and
they have a very fast backend.  


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