26 Oct 2004 chalst   » (Master)

CLRFI Snippets
From comp.lang.lisp:
  1. It was suggested that the CLRFI for a timer facility might be worth putting together (Pascal Bourguignon, <874qkyrcq7.fsf@thalassa.informatimago.com>);
  2. Paolo Amoroso first suggested the idea of a CLRFI process back in 1999 (<36da4b51.4026275@news.mclink.it>);
  3. Threading and even mmap have been suggested as possible subject matter for a CLRFI (see, eg., Pascal Bourguignon, <871xg5v1ea.fsf@thalassa.informatimago.com>). FWIW, I don't think CL needs a mmap CLRFI! Though maybe a general UNIX/Linux system call interface would be worthwhile.

Wondering aloud...
What are "agents"? Wikipedia says software agents are:

a piece of autonomous, or semi-autonomous proactive and reactive, computer software.
That's a lot of complex, highly technical, words to define what one would hope was a simple and fundamental concept. So a start might be to ask some more elementary questions:
  1. Are they a design pattern? If so, what are its characteristics?
  2. Are they a kind of process? If so, what kind of abservations distinguish agents from other processes?
  3. Or, cynically, is "agent" a buzzword that scientists use to get research proposals rubber stamped by research funding councils, and companies use to give the semblance of being up-to-date?
Maybe fxn has some thoughts...
Postscript: Indeed he does.

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