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XSCHEME: An Object-oriented Scheme

Version 0.17

March 2, 1989


by
David Michael Betz
P.O. Box 144
Peterborough, NH 03458

(603) 924-4145 (home)

Copyright (c) 1989, by David Michael Betz
All Rights Reserved
Permission is granted for unrestricted non-commercial use














































XSCHEME TABLE OF CONTENTS Page 2


TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS..................................2
INTRODUCTION.......................................3
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR.............................4
EXPRESSIONS........................................5
BINDING FORMS.....................................10
SEQUENCING........................................11
DELAYED EVALUATION................................12
ITERATION.........................................13
DEFINITIONS.......................................14
LIST FUNCTIONS....................................15
DESTRUCTIVE LIST FUNCTIONS........................17
SYMBOL FUNCTIONS..................................18
VECTOR FUNCTIONS..................................19
ARRAY FUNCTIONS...................................20
CONVERSION FUNCTIONS..............................21
TYPE PREDICATES...................................22
EQUALITY PREDICATES...............................25
ARITHMETIC FUNCTIONS..............................26
NUMERIC COMPARISON FUNCTIONS......................29
BITWISE LOGICAL FUNCTIONS.........................30
STRING FUNCTIONS..................................31
STRING COMPARISON FUNCTIONS.......................32
CHARACTER COMPARISON FUNCTIONS....................33
INPUT/OUTPUT FUNCTIONS............................34
OUTPUT CONTROL FUNCTIONS..........................36
FILE I/O FUNCTIONS................................37
CONTROL FEATURES..................................39
ENVIRONMENT FUNCTIONS.............................40
UTILITY FUNCTIONS.................................41
SYSTEM FUNCTIONS..................................42
OBJECT REPRESENTATIONS............................43






























XSCHEME INTRODUCTION Page 3


XScheme is an implementation of the Scheme programming language
with extensions to support object-oriented programming.

There are currently implementations of XScheme running on the
IBM-PC and clones under MS-DOS, on the Macintosh, the Atari-ST
and the Amiga. It is completely written in the programming
language 'C' and is easily extended with user written built-in
functions and classes. It is available in source form to non-
commercial users.

This document is a brief description of XScheme. XScheme
follows the "Revised^3 Report on the Algorithmic Language
Scheme". It assumes some knowledge of Scheme or LISP and some
understanding of the concepts of object-oriented programming.

I recommend the book "Structure and Interpretation of Computer
Programs" by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman and published
by The MIT Press and the McGraw-Hill Book Company for learning
Scheme (and programming in general). You might also find "The
Scheme Programming Language" by R. Kent Dybvig and "The Little
Lisper" by Daniel P. Friedman and Matthias Felleisen to be
helpful.









































XSCHEME A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR Page 4


A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

If you have any problems with XScheme, feel free to contact me
for help or advice. Please remember that since XScheme is
available in source form in a high level language, many users
have been making versions available on a variety of machines.
If you call to report a problem with a specific version, I may
not be able to help you if that version runs on a machine to
which I don't have access. Please have the version number of
the version that you are running readily accessible before
calling me.

If you find a bug in XScheme, first try to fix the bug yourself
using the source code provided. If you are successful in fixing
the bug, send the bug report along with the fix to me. If you
don't have access to a C compiler or are unable to fix a bug,
please send the bug report to me and I'll try to fix it.

Any suggestions for improvements will be welcomed. Feel free to
extend the language in whatever way suits your needs. However,
PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE ENHANCED VERSIONS WITHOUT CHECKING WITH ME
FIRST!! I would like to be the clearing house for new features
added to XScheme. If you want to add features for your own
personal use, go ahead. But, if you want to distribute your
enhanced version, contact me first.






































XSCHEME EXPRESSIONS Page 5


EXPRESSIONS



An expression consisting of a variable is a variable
reference. The value of the variable reference is the value
stored in the location to which the variable is bound. It
is an error to reference an unbound variable.

(QUOTE )
'

(quote ) evaluates to . may be any
external representation of a Scheme object. This notation
is used to include literal constants in Scheme code. (quote
) may be abbreviated as '. The two notations
are equivalent in all respects.



Numeric constants, string constants, character constants,
and boolean constants evaluate "to themselves"; they need
not be quoted.

( ...)

A procedure call is written by simply enclosing in
parentheses expressions for the procedure to be called and
the arguments to be passed to it. The operator and operand
expressions are evaluated and the resulting procedure is
passed the resulting arguments.

( ...)

A message sending form is written by enclosing in
parentheses expressions for the receiving object, the
message selector, and the arguments to be passed to the
method. The receiver, selector, and argument expressions
are evaluated, the message selector is used to select an
appropriate method to handle the message, and the resulting
method is passed the resulting arguments.






















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(LAMBDA )

should be a formal argument list as described
below, and should be a sequence of one or more
expressions. A lambda expression evaluates to a procedure.
The environment in effect when the lambda expression is
evaluated is remembered as part of the procedure. When the
procedure is later called with some actual arguments, the
environment in which the lambda expression was evaluated
will be extended by binding the variables in the formal
argument list to fresh locations, the corresponding actual
argument values will be stored in those locations, and the
expressions in the body of the lambda expression will be
evaluated sequentially in the extended environment. The
result of the last expression in the body will be returned
as the result of the procedure call.

should have the following form:

(... [#!OPTIONAL ...] [. ])
or
(... [#!OPTIONAL ...] [#!REST ])

where:

is a required argument
is an optional argument
is a "rest" argument

There are three parts to a list. The first lists
the required arguments of the procedure. All calls to the
procedure must supply values for each of the required
arguments. The second part lists the optional arguments of
the procedure. An optional argument may be supplied in a
call or omitted. If it is omitted, a special value is given
to the argument that satisfies the default-object?
predicate. This provides a way to test to see if an
optional argument was provided in a call or omitted. The
last part of the list gives the "rest" argument.
This argument will be bound to the rest of the list of
arguments supplied to a call after the required and optional
arguments have been removed.





















XSCHEME EXPRESSIONS Page 7


(IF [])

An if expression is evaluated as follows: first, is
evaluated. If it yields a true value, then is
evaluated and its value is returned. Otherwise,
is evaluated and its value is returned. If yields a
false value and no is specified, then the result
of the expression is unspecified.

(ACCESS )

is evaluated producing an environment. The result is
the value of in this environment.

(SET! )

is evaluated, and the resulting value is stored
in the location to which is bound.
must be bound in some region or at the top level. The result
of the set! expression is unspecified.

(SET! (ACCESS ) )

is evaluated producing an environment. is
evaluated and the resulting value is stored as the value of
in this environment. The result of the set!
expression is unspecified.




































XSCHEME EXPRESSIONS Page 8


(COND ...)

Each clause should be of the form

( ...)

where is any expression. The last may be an
"else clause," which has the form

(ELSE ...)

A cond expression is evaluated by evaluating the
expressions of successive s in order until one of
them evaluates to a true value. When a evaluates to
a true value, then the remaining s in its
are evaluated in order, and the result of the last
in the is returned as the result of
the entire cond expression. If the selected
contains only the and no s, then the
value of the is returned as the result. If all
s evaluate to false values, and there is no else
clause, then the result of the conditional expression is
unspecified; if there is an else clause, then its
s are evaluated, and the value of the last one
is returned.






































XSCHEME EXPRESSIONS Page 9


(AND ...)

The expressions are evaluated from left to right, and
the value of the first expression that evaluates to a false
value is returned. Any remaining expressions are not
evaluated. If all the expressions evaluate to true values,
the value of the last expression is returned. If there are
no expressions then #t is returned.

(OR ...)

The expressions are evaluated from left to right, and
the value of the first expression that evaluates to a true
value is returned. Any remaining expressions are not
evaluated. If all expressions evaluate to false values, the
value of the last expression is returned. If there are no
expressions then #f is returned.














































XSCHEME BINDING FORMS Page 10


BINDING FORMS

(LET [] )

should have the form

(( )...)

where each is an expression, and should be a
sequence of one or more expressions. The s are
evaluated in the current envirnoment, the s are
bound to fresh locations holding the results, the is
evaluated in the extended environment, and the value of the
last expression of is returned. Each binding of a
has as its region.

If a name is supplied, a procedure that takes the bound
variables as its arguments and has the body of the LET as
its body is bound to that name.

(LET* )

Same as LET except that the bindings are done sequentially
from left to right and the bindings to the left are visible
while evaluating the initialization expressions for each
variable.

(LETREC )

should have the form

(( )...)

and should be a sequence of one or more expressions.
The s are bound to fresh locations holding
undefined values; the s are evaluated in the resulting
environment; each is assigned to the result of
the corresponding ; the is evaluated in the
resulting environment; and the value of the last expression
in is returned. Each binding of a has the
entire letrec expression as its region, making it possible
to define mutually recursive procedures. One restriction of
letrec is very important: it must be possible to evaluate
each without referring to the value of any
. If this restriction is violated, then the
effect is undefined, and an error may be signalled during
evaluation of the s. The restriction is necessary
because Scheme passes arguments by value rather than by
name. In the most common uses of letrec, all the s
are lambda expressions and the restriction is satisfied
automatically.












XSCHEME SEQUENCING Page 11


SEQUENCING

(BEGIN ...)
(SEQUENCE ...)

The s are evaluated sequentially from left
to right, and the value of the last is
returned. This expression type is used to sequence side
effects such as input and output.






















































XSCHEME DELAYED EVALUATION Page 12


DELAYED EVALUATION

(CONS-STREAM expr1 expr2)

Create a cons stream whose head is expr1 (which is
evaluated immediately) and whose tail is expr2 (whose
evaluation is delayed until TAIL is called). To use
CONS-STREAM, enter the following access procedures:

(define head car)
(define (tail stream) (force (cdr stream)))

(DELAY )

Evaluating this expression creates a "promise" to
evaluate at a later time.

(FORCE promise)

Applying FORCE to a promise generated by DELAY requests
that the promise produce the value of the expression
passed to DELAY. The first time a promise is FORCEed,
the DELAY expression is evaluated and the value stored.
On subsequent calls to FORCE with the same promise, the
saved value is returned.






































XSCHEME ITERATION Page 13


ITERATION

(WHILE ...)

While is an iteration construct. Each iteration begins
by evaluating ; if the result is false, then the
loop terminates and the value of is returned as
the value of the while expression. If evaluates
to a true value, then the s are evaluated in
order for effect and the next iteration begins.





















































XSCHEME DEFINITIONS Page 14


DEFINITIONS

(DEFINE )

Define a variable and give it an initial value.

(DEFINE ( ) )

Define a procedure.






















































XSCHEME LIST FUNCTIONS Page 15


LIST FUNCTIONS

(CONS expr1 expr2)

Create a new pair whose car is expr1 and whose cdr is
expr2.

(CAR pair)

Extract the car of a pair.

(CDR pair)

Extract the cdr of a pair.

(CxxR pair)
(CxxxR pair)
(CxxxxR pair)

These functions are short for combinations of CAR and
CDR. Each 'x' is stands for either 'A' or 'D'. An 'A'
stands for the CAR function and a 'D' stands for the CDR
function. For instance, (CADR x) is the same as (CAR
(CDR x)).

(LIST expr...)

Create a list whose elements are the arguments to the
function. This function can take an arbitrary number of
arguments. Passing no arguments results in the empty
list.

(APPEND list...)

Append lists to form a single list. This function takes
an arbitrary number of arguments. Passing no arguments
results in the empty list.

(REVERSE list)

Create a list whose elements are the same as the
argument except in reverse order.

(LAST-PAIR list)

Return the last pair in a list.

(LENGTH list)

Compute the length of a list.













XSCHEME LIST FUNCTIONS Page 16


(MEMBER expr list)
(MEMV expr list)
(MEMQ expr list)

Find an element in a list. Each of these functions
searches the list looking for an element that matches
expr. If a matching element is found, the remainder of
the list starting with that element is returned. If no
matching element is found, the empty list is returned.
The functions differ in the test used to determine if an
element matches expr. The MEMBER function uses EQUAL?,
the MEMV function uses EQV? and the MEMQ function uses
EQ?.

(ASSOC expr alist)
(ASSV expr alist)
(ASSQ expr alist)

Find an entry in an association list. An association
list is a list of pairs. The car of each pair is the
key and the cdr is the value. These functions search an
association list for a pair whose key matches expr. If
a matching pair is found, it is returned. Otherwise,
the empty list is returned. The functions differ in the
test used to determine if a key matches expr. The ASSOC
function uses EQUAL?, the ASSV function uses EQV? and

the ASSQ function uses EQ?.

(LIST-REF list n)

Return the nth element of a list (zero based).

(LIST-TAIL list n)

Return the sublist obtained by removing the first n
elements of list.



























XSCHEME DESTRUCTIVE LIST FUNCTIONS Page 17


DESTRUCTIVE LIST FUNCTIONS

(SET-CAR! pair expr)

Set the car of a pair to expr. The value returned by
this procedure is unspecified.

(SET-CDR! pair expr)

Set the cdr of a pair to expr. The value returned by
this procedure is unspecified.




















































XSCHEME SYMBOL FUNCTIONS Page 18


SYMBOL FUNCTIONS

(BOUND? sym)

Returns #t if a global value is bound to the symbol and
#f otherwise.

(SYMBOL-VALUE sym)

Get the global value of a symbol.

(SET-SYMBOL-VALUE! sym expr)

Set the global value of a symbol. The value returned by
this procedure is unspecified.

(SYMBOL-PLIST sym)

Get the property list associated with a symbol.

(SET-SYMBOL-PLIST! sym plist)

Set the property list associate with a symbol. The
value returned by this procedure is unspecified.

(GENSYM [sym|str|num])

Generate a new, uninterned symbol. The print name of
the symbol will consist of a prefix with a number
appended. The initial prefix is "G" and the initial
number is 1. If a symbol is specified as an argument,
the prefix is set to the print name of that symbol. If
a string is specified, the prefix is set to that string.
If a number is specified, the numeric suffix is set to
that number. After the symbol is generated, the number
is incremented so subsequent calls to GENSYM will
generate numbers in sequence.

(GET sym prop)

Get the value of a property of a symbol. The prop
argument is a symbol that is the property name. If a
property with that name exists on the symbols property
list, the value of the property is returned. Otherwise,
the empty list is returned.

(PUT sym prop expr)

Set the value of a property of a symbol. The prop
argument is a symbol that is the property name. The
property/value combination is added to the property list
of the symbol.











XSCHEME VECTOR FUNCTIONS Page 19


VECTOR FUNCTIONS

(VECTOR expr...)

Create a vector whose elements are the arguments to the
function. This function can take an arbitrary number of
arguments. Passing no arguments results in a zero
length vector.

(MAKE-VECTOR len)

Make a vector of the specified length.

(VECTOR-LENGTH vect)

Get the length of a vector.

(VECTOR-REF vect n)

Return the nth element of a vector (zero based).

(VECTOR-SET! vect n expr)

Set the nth element of a vector (zero based).







































XSCHEME ARRAY FUNCTIONS Page 20


ARRAY FUNCTIONS

(MAKE-ARRAY d1 d2...)

Make an array (vector of vectors) with the specified
dimensions. At least one dimension must be specified.

(ARRAY-REF array s1 s2...)

Get an array element. The sn arguments are integer
subscripts (zero based).

(ARRAY-SET! array s1 s2... expr)

Set an array element. The sn arguments are integer
subscripts (zero based).















































XSCHEME CONVERSION FUNCTIONS Page 21


CONVERSION FUNCTIONS

(SYMBOL->STRING sym)

Convert a symbol to a string. Returns the print name of
the symbol as a string.

(STRING->SYMBOL str)

Convert a string to a symbol. Returns a symbol with the
string as its print name. This can either be a new
symbol or an existing one with the same print name.

(VECTOR->LIST vect)

Convert a vector to a list. Returns a list of the
elements of the vector.

(LIST->VECTOR list)

Convert a list to a vector. Returns a vector of the
elements of the list.

(STRING->LIST str)

Convert a string to a list. Returns a list of the
characters in the string.

(LIST->STRING list)

Convert a list of character to a string. Returns a
string whose characters are the elements of the list.

(CHAR->INTEGER char)

Convert a character to an integer. Returns the ASCII
code of the character as an integer.

(INTEGER->CHAR n)

Convert an integer ASCII code to a character. Returns
the character whose ASCII code is the integer.





















XSCHEME TYPE PREDICATES Page 22


TYPE PREDICATE FUNCTIONS

(NOT expr)

Returns #t if the expression is #f and #t otherwise.

(NULL? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is the empty list and #f
otherwise.

(ATOM? expr)

Returns #f if the expression is a pair and #t otherwise.

(LIST? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is either a pair or the
empty list and #f otherwise.

(NUMBER? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a number and #f
otherwise.

(BOOLEAN? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is either #t or #f and #f
otherwise.

(PAIR? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a pair and #f otherwise.

(SYMBOL? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a symbol and #f
otherwise.

(COMPLEX? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a complex number and #f
otherwise.
Note: Complex numbers are not yet supported by XScheme.

(REAL? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a real number and #f
otherwise.














XSCHEME TYPE PREDICATES Page 23


(RATIONAL? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a rational number and #f
otherwise.
Note: Rational numbers are not yet supported by
XScheme.

(INTEGER? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is an integer and #f
otherwise.

(CHAR? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a character and #f
otherwise.

(STRING? expr)

Returns # if the expression is a string and #f
otherwise.

(VECTOR? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a vector and #f
otherwise.

(PROCEDURE? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a procedure (closure)
and #f otherwise.

(PORT? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is a port and #f otherwise.

(INPUT-PORT? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is an input port and #f
otherwise.

(OUTPUT-PORT? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is an output port and #f
otherwise.

(OBJECT? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is an object and #f
otherwise.













XSCHEME TYPE PREDICATES Page 24


(EOF-OBJECT? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is the object returned by
READ upon detecting an end of file condition and #f
otherwise.

(DEFAULT-OBJECT? expr)

Returns #t if the expression is the object passed as the
default value of an optional parameter to a procedure
when that parameter is omitted from a call and #f
otherwise.

(ENVIRONMENT? x)

Returns #t if the expression is an environment and #f
otherwise.














































XSCHEME EQUALITY PREDICATES Page 25


EQUALITY PREDICATES

(EQUAL? expr1 expr2)

Recursively compares two objects to determine if their
components are the same and returns #t if they are the
same and #f otherwise.

(EQV? expr1 expr2)

Compares two objects to determine if they are the same
object. Returns #t if they are the same and #f
otherwise. This function does not compare the elements
of lists, vectors or strings but will compare all types
of numbers.

(EQ? expr1 expr2)

Compares two objects to determine if they are the same
object. Returns #t if they are the same and #f
otherwise. This function performs a low level address
compare on two objects and may return #f for objects
that appear on the surface to be the same. This is
because the objects are not stored uniquely in memory.
For instance, numbers may appear to be equal, but EQ?
will return #f when comparing them if they are stored at
different addresses. The advantage of this function is
that it is faster than the others. Symbols are
guaranteed to compare correctly, so EQ? can safely be
used to compare them.

































XSCHEME ARITHMETIC FUNCTIONS Page 26


ARITHMETIC FUNCTIONS

(ZERO? n)

Returns #t if the number is zero and #f otherwise.

(POSITIVE? n)

Returns #t if the number is positive and #f otherwise.

(NEGATIVE? n)

Returns #t if the number is negative and #f otherwise.

(ODD? n)

Returns #t if the integer is odd and #f otherwise.

(EVEN? n)

Returns #t if the integer is even and #f otherwise.

(EXACT? n)

Returns #t if the number is exact and #f otherwise.
Note: This function always returns #f in XScheme since
exact numbers are not yet supported.

(INEXACT? n)

Returns #t if the number is inexact and #f otherwise.
Note: This function always returns #t in XScheme since
exact numbers are not yet supported.

(TRUNCATE n)

Truncates a number to an integer and returns the
resulting value.

(FLOOR n)

Returns the largest integer not larger than n.

(CEILING n)

Returns the smallest integer not smaller than n.

(ROUND n)

Returns the closest integer to n, rounding to even when
n is halfway between two integers.

(1+ n)










XSCHEME ARITHMETIC FUNCTIONS Page 27


Returns the result of adding one to the number.

(-1+ n)

Returns the result of subtracting one from the number.

(ABS n)

Returns the absolute value of the number.

(GCD n1 n2)

Returns the greatest common divisor of the two numbers.

(RANDOM n)

Returns a random number between zero and n-1 (n must be
an integer).

(+ n1 n2...)

Returns the sum of the numbers.

(- n)

Negates the number and returns the resulting value.

(- n1 n2...)

Subtracts each remaining number from n1 and returns the
resulting value.

(* n1 n2...)

Multiples the numbers and returns the resulting value.

(/ n)

Returns 1/n.

(/ n1 n2...)

Divides n1 by each of the remaining numbers and returns
the resulting value.

(QUOTIENT n1 n2...)

Divides the integer n1 by each of the remaining numbers
and returns the resulting integer quotient. This
function does integer division.

(REMAINDER n1 n2)

Divides the integer n1 by the integer n2 and returns the









XSCHEME ARITHMETIC FUNCTIONS Page 28


remainder.

(MIN n1 n2...)

Returns the number with the minimum value.

(MAX n1 n2...)

Returns the number with the maximum value.

(SIN n)

Returns the sine of the number.

(COS n)

Returns the cosine of the number.

(TAN n)

Returns the tangent of the number.

(ASIN n)

Returns the arc-sine of the number.

(ACOS n)

Returns the arc-cosine of the number.

(ATAN x)

Returns the arc-tangent of x.

(ATAN y x)

Returns the arc-tangent of y/x.

(EXP n)

Returns e raised to the n.

(SQRT n)

Returns the square root of n.

(EXPT n1 n2)

Returns n1 raised to the n2 power.

(LOG n)

Returns the natural logarithm of n.










XSCHEME NUMERIC COMPARISON FUNCTIONS Page 29


NUMERIC COMPARISON FUNCTIONS

(< n1 n2...)
(= n1 n2...)
(> n1 n2...)
<<= n1 n2...)
(>= n1 n2...)

These functions compare numbers and return #t if the
numbers match the predicate and #f otherwise. For
instance, (< x y z) will return #t if x is less than y
and y is less than z.



















































XSCHEME BITWISE LOGICAL FUNCTIONS Page 30


BITWISE LOGICAL FUNCTIONS

(LOGAND n1 n2...)


Returns the bitwise AND of the integer arguments.

(LOGIOR n1 n2...)

Returns the bitwise inclusive OR of the integer
arguments.

(LOGXOR n1 n2...)

Returns the bitwise exclusive OR of the integer
arguments.

(LOGNOT n)

Returns the bitwise complement of n.












































XSCHEME STRING FUNCTIONS Page 31


STRING FUNCTIONS

(STRING-LENGTH str)

Returns the length of the string.

(STRING-NULL? str)

Returns #t if the string has a length of zero and #f
otherwise.

(STRING-APPEND str1...)

Returns the result of appending the string arguments.
If no arguments are supplied, it returns the null
string.

(STRING-REF str n)

Returns the nth character in a string.

(SUBSTRING str start end)

Returns the substring of str starting at start and
ending at end (integers). The range is inclusive of
start and exclusive of end.





































XSCHEME STRING COMPARISON FUNCTIONS Page 32


STRING COMPARISON FUNCTIONS

(STRING (STRING=? str1 str2)
(STRING>? str1 str2)
(STRING<=? str1 str2)
(STRING>=? str1 str2)

These functions compare strings and return #t if the
strings match the predicate and #f otherwise. For
instance, (STRING< x y) will return #t if x is less than
y. Case is significant. #A does not match #a.

(STRING-CI (STRING-CI=? str1 str2)
(STRING-CI>? str1 str2)
(STRING-CI<=? str1 str2)
(STRING-CI>=? str1 str2)

These functions compare strings and return #t if the
strings match the predicate and #f otherwise. For
instance, (STRING-CI< x y) will return #t if x is less
than y. Case is not significant. #A matches #a.








































XSCHEME CHARACTER COMPARISON FUNCTIONS Page 33


CHARACTER COMPARISON FUNCTIONS

(CHAR (CHAR=? ch1 ch2)
(CHAR>? ch1 ch2)
(CHAR<=? ch1 ch2)
(CHAR>=? ch1 ch2)

These functions compare characters and return #t if the
characters match the predicate and #f otherwise. For
instance, (CHAR< x y) will return #t if x is less than
y. Case is significant. #A does not match #a.

(CHAR-CI (CHAR-CI=? ch1 ch2)
(CHAR-CI>? ch1 ch2)
(CHAR-CI<=? ch1 ch2)
(CHAR-CI>=? ch1 ch2)

These functions compare characters and return #t if the
characters match the predicate and #f otherwise. For
instance, (CHAR-CI< x y) will return #t if x is less
than y. Case is not significant. #A matchs #a.








































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INPUT/OUTPUT FUNCTIONS

(READ [port])

Reads an expression from the specified port. If no port
is specified, the current input port is used. Returns
the expression read or an object that satisfies the
default-object? predicate if it reaches the end of file
on the port.


(READ-CHAR [port])

Reads a character from the specified port. If no port
is specified, the current input port is used. Returns
the character read or an object that satisfies the
default-object? predicate if it reaches the end of file
on the port.

(READ-BYTE [port])

Reads a byte from the specified port. If no port is
specified, the current input port is used. Returns the
byte read or an object that satisfies the default-
object? predicate if it reaches the end of file on the
port.

(WRITE expr [port])
(PRIN1 expr [port])

Writes an expression to the specified port. If no port
is specified, the current output port is used. The
expression is written such that the READ function can
read it back. This means that strings will be enclosed
in quotes and characters will be printed with #
notation.

(WRITE-CHAR ch [port])

Writes a character to the specified port. If no port is
specified, the current output port is used.

(WRITE-BYTE ch [port])

Writes a byte to the specified port. If no port is
specified, the current output port is used.

(DISPLAY expr [port])
(PRINC expr [port])

Writes an expression to the specified port. If no port
is specified, the current output port is used. The
expression is written without any quoting characters.
No quotes will appear around strings and characters are
written without the # notation.









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(NEWLINE [port])

Starts a new line on the specified port. If no port is
specified, the current output port is used.



























































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OUTPUT CONTROL FUNCTIONS

(PRINT-BREADTH [n])

Controls the maximum number of elements of a list that
will be printed. If n is an integer, the maximum number
is set to n. If it is #f, the limit is set to infinity.
This is the default. If n is omitted from the call, the
current value is returned.

(PRINT-DEPTH [n])

Controls the maximum number of levels of a nested list
that will be printed. If n is an integer, the maximum
number is set to n. If it is #f, the limit is set to
infinity. This is the default. If n is omitted from
the call, the current value is returned.














































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FILE I/O FUNCTIONS

All four of the following OPEN functions take an optional
argument to indicate that file I/O is to be done in binary
mode. For binary files, this argument should be the symbol
BINARY. For text files, the argument can be left out or the
symbol TEXT can be supplied.

(OPEN-INPUT-FILE str ['binary])

Opens the file named by the string and returns an input
port.

(OPEN-OUTPUT-FILE str ['binary])

Creates the file named by the string and returns an
output port.

(OPEN-APPEND-FILE str ['binary])

Opens the file named by the string for appending returns
an output port.

(OPEN-UPDATE-FILE str ['binary])

Opens the file named by the string for input and output
and returns an input/output port.

(GET-FILE-POSITION port)

Returns the current file position as an offset in bytes
from the beginning of the file.

(SET-FILE-POSITION! port offset whence)

Sets the current file position as an offset in bytes
from the beginning of the file (when whence equals 0),
the current file position (when whence equals 1) or the
end of the file (when whence equals 2). Returns the new
file position as an offset from the start of the file.

(CLOSE-PORT port)

Closes any port.

(CLOSE-INPUT-PORT port)

Closes an input port.

(CLOSE-OUTPUT-PORT port)

Closes an output port.











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(CALL-WITH-INPUT-FILE str proc)

Open the file whose name is specifed by str and call
proc passing the resulting input port as an argument.
When proc returns, close the file and return the value
returned by proc as the result.

(CALL-WITH-OUTPUT-FILE str proc)

Create the file whose name is specifed by str and call
proc passing the resulting output port as an argument.
When proc returns, close the file and return the value
returned by proc as the result.

(CURRENT-INPUT-PORT)

Returns the current input port.

(CURRENT-OUTPUT-PORT)

Returns the current output port.










































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CONTROL FEATURES

(EVAL expr)

Evaluate the expression in the global environment and
return its value.

(APPLY proc args)

Apply the procedure to the list of arguments and return
the result.

(MAP proc list...)

Apply the procedure to argument lists formed by taking
corresponding elements from each list. Form a list from
the resulting values and return that list as the result
of the MAP call.

(FOR-EACH fun list...)

Apply the procedure to argument lists formed by taking
corresponding elements from each list. The values
returned by the procedure applications are discarded.
The value returned by FOR-EACH is unspecified.

(CALL-WITH-CURRENT-CONTINUATION proc)
(CALL/CC proc)

Form an "escape procedure" from the current continuation
and pass it as an argument to proc. Calling the escape
procedure with a single argument will cause that
argument to be passed to the continuation that was in
effect when the CALL-WITH-CURRENT-CONTINUATION procedure
was called.




























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ENVIRONMENT FUNCTIONS

(THE-ENVIRONMENT)

Returns the current environment.

(PROCEDURE-ENVIRONMENT proc)

Returns the environment from a procedure closure.

(ENVIRONMENT-BINDINGS env)

Returns an association list corresponding to the top
most frame of the specified environment.

(ENVIRONMENT-PARENT env)

Returns the parent environment of the specified
environment.












































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UTILITY FUNCTIONS

(LOAD str)

Read and evaluate each expression from the specified
file.

(LOAD-NOISILY str)

Read and evaluate each expression from the specified
file and print the results to the current output port.

(TRANSCRIPT-ON str)

Opens a transcript file with the specified name and
begins logging the interactive session to that file.

(TRANSCRIPT-OFF)

Closes the current transcript file.

(EXIT)

Exits from XScheme back to the operating system.

(GC [ni vi])

Invokes the garbage collector and returns information on
memory usage. If ni and vi are specified, they must be
integers. Node and vector space are expanded by those
amounts respectively and no garbage collection is
triggered. GC returns an array of six values: the
number of calls to the garbage collector, the total
number of nodes, the current number of free nodes, the
number of node segments, the number of vector segments
and the total number of bytes allocated to the heap.

(RESET)

Returns to the top level read/eval/print loop.























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SYSTEM FUNCTIONS

(%CAR pair)
(%CDR pair)
(%SET-CAR! pair expr)
(%SET-CDR! pair expr)
(%VECTOR-LENGTH vect)
(%VECTOR-REF vect n)
(%VECTOR-SET! vect n expr)

These functions do the same as their counterparts
without the leading '%' character. The difference is
that they don't check the type of their first argument.
This makes it possible to examine data structures that
have the same internal representation as pairs and
vectors. It is *very* dangerous to modify objects using
these functions and there is no guarantee that future
releases of XScheme will represent objects in the same
way that the current version does.












































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OBJECT REPRESENTATIONS

This version of XScheme uses the following object
representations:

Closures are represented as pairs. The car of the
pair is the compiled function and the cdr of the
pair is the saved environment.

Compiled functions are represented as vectors. The
element at offset 0 is the bytecode string. The
element at offset 1 is the function name. The
element at offset 2 is a list of names of the
function arguments. The elements at offsets above 2
are the literals refered to by the compiled
bytecodes.

Environments are represented as lists of vectors.
Each vector is an environment frame. The element at
offset 0 is a list of the symbols that are bound in
that frame. The symbol values start at offset 1.

Objects are represented as vectors. The element at
offset 0 is the class of the object. The remaining
elements are the object's instance variable values.





































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