[mercury-users] declarative kernels

Thomas Conway conway at cs.mu.OZ.AU
Wed Mar 8 10:08:04 AEDT 2000

On Wed, Mar 08, 2000 at 05:00:46AM EST, Ralph Becket wrote:
> My picture of an io__state is that it records a
> *view* of the interface between a Mercury program
> at some point and the outside world.  That is, it
> records which files are currently opened by the
> program, whereabouts the read/write cursor is for
> each open file and so forth.  An io__state does 
> *not* reflect the state of the outside world.

I don't understand how you expect programs to interact
with the external world then. Can you explain some more?

 Thomas Conway )O+     Every sword has two edges.
     Mercurian            <conway at cs.mu.oz.au>
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