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- Subject: Re: Making Lua lexically scoped (was: Re: Proper tail recursion)
- From: ramsdell@... (John D. Ramsdell)
- Date: 30 Jul 2001 11:41:13 -0400
Reuben Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> This is the heart of the misunderstanding then. The trouble is that
> "lexical scope" means different things to different people. For
> example, in the Dragon Book (Aho, Sethi & Ullman, 1986), the authors
> write "A common rule, called the lexical- or static-scope rule..."
> (p. 411). This is the definition I was using.
I've been trained to think about Algol when determining if a language
is lexically scoped, and that static scope just means the resolution
of variable references to variable bindings can be done a compile with
a static analysis of the program. The Python people seem to use
lexical scoping as I do, because their language was always statically
scoped, but just recently became lexically scoped. As your reference
suggest, not everyone agrees with this distinction.