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Making deprecate part of the language
Saturday, May 15, 2004

Adding the language element deprecate to Common Lisp is easy but adding a macro only goes part way to really changing the language. What else is there?

  • The warning generated by deprecate needs to fit in with the rest of the Lisp implementation's warning and compile system,
  • There should be ways to make language elements deprecated even if you do not have the original source,
  • Any documentation system should be able to understand how deprecate fits into the Lisp implementation system.
  • The IDE and tools of the implementation need to understand the new element and deal with it appropriately (coloring, filtering, and so forth). I think editors like Eclipse can do this but I'm not sure whether it really can or how easy it is do so).

These are the sort of things -- things usually thought of as beyond or outside the bounds of a programming language -- that really matter to developers as they work.


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