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Call by binding [was Re: [Tutor] beginning to code]


On 25/09/2017 20:40, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:
> Rhodri James <rhodri at kynesim.co.uk>:
>> On 25/09/17 15:26, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:
>>> That's not what I said. I said all expressions *evaluate to* pointers.
>>
>> This may well be true in particular implementations, but it is an
>> implementation detail so Chris' point still stands.  Another
>> implementation could evaluate expressions to indices (as BCPL used to
>> treat its globals), pieces of string or cheese, who knows?
> 
> Those are all pointers.
> 
> A pointer is something that points to a data object.

(Slight sigh). Can I step in as a list owner and ask the people who are 
so very fond of debating this topic again and again: please let it drop.

Threads such as this can remain interesting when the discussion 
generates a better understanding of the subject matter as the 
contributors are forced to articulate their positions leading to some 
kind of convergence of understanding.

However, even if this were the only iteration of this debate, it would 
be clear by now that there's no chance of a simple "I see what you mean" 
moment. And this is far from the only iteration, even in the past few 
months.

I feel for your need to demonstrate the validity of your respective 
positions. But it has moved on from being an enlightening debate and 
into the realms of mere tedium.

Thanks.

TJG