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On Sunday, August 10, 2003, at 4:50 PM, Dan Sugalski wrote:
> No, and none, respectively. They allow for some really powerful
> techniques, and they make some relatively bizarre things easier (like
> implementing interpreters, compilers, and dynamic syntax extension)
> but for most of the stuff you'll do with computers they're not
> particularly useful.
Are exceptions and coroutines sufficient to get those advantages?
The problem I see with continuations is that they don't play nice with
C. If you exit a C stack, some heap allocations referenced by the stack
may be released and a second exit from a copy of the stack may contain
dangling pointers. So AFAICS, continuations only work if you don't call
back into the VM from C. IMO, that's a severe limitation. I think it's
worth carefully evaluating whether it's worth it for the target
applications of your language.
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