Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

Re: Continuations: a concrete approach

The concept behind continuations is relatively easy: the problem is that to build something non-trivial with continuations is hard. Also, reading non-trivial code involving continuations is extremely hard, especially in Scheme, which makes big effort to make then unreadable.

I am very much against exposing continuations to the application programmer: I don't want to make the job of the language implementor. Having said that, you can play cool games with continuations; for instance you can implement Python generators in few lines:

http://chicken.humankraft.com/wiki.ssp?page=Python%2dlike%20generators

(this is one of the simplest non-trivial usages of continuations I know of, still I needed a very substantial effort to reach the competence to write it).

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