13 October 2005
Shared State in PLT Scheme's Swindle
I just spent about six hours debugging a version of my integrator that runs in PLT Scheme (got tired of not having the class creation options available at runtime in Bigloo) because of a shared state problem. If you define a Swindle class with the slot option :initvalue <value> then <value> is only evaluated once; every object of this class shares the same value. Not good if you want to have mutable state! The thing to use is :initializer <thunk>. I wish there was an :initform slot option, like in the real CLOS.