Dylan is promoted as an object-oriented, dynamic language, but it also offers a rich set of constructs for programming in other styles. This essay explores Dylan from the perspective of a programmer used to traditional procedural languages, such as Pascal or C, who may want to use the facilities offered by Dylan development environments without changing programming style or thinking in a different way. Also, some features of Dylan which mesh well with the procedural programming style but have no direct analogs in Pascal or C may make an appropriate addition to one’s bag of tricks.
This essay is intended to be used as a tutorial introduction and not as a complete reference work. To avoid bogging down the discussion, much has been omitted and some details have been ignored. For more complete information, see the Dylan Reference Manual.
Copyright © 1995 Paul Haahr. All rights reserved.