What Clean Specs Achieve

james anderson James.Anderson at mecomnet.de
Sat Feb 6 19:05:40 GMT 1999

Mark Birbeck wrote:
>Hands up, who has read the Java spec (and that's not the same as reading
>the nice clear instructions given to you by the people who wrote the

i spent more time with the vm spec than with the language spec. i was more
interested as to whether i could ever hope to be afforded things like closures
and generic functions, the answer for which was to be found more likely in
whether the vm precluded them, than in what the language designers thought of them.

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