Dylan Language Extensions¶
The Dylan language is described in The Dylan Reference Manual by Andrew Shalit (Addison-Wesley, 1996). We call this book “the DRM” hereafter.
Open Dylan provides an implementation of the Dylan language described by the DRM, with a few exceptions that are documented in Language differences.
Open Dylan provides the Dylan language in the
dylan module of the
This chapter is an introduction to Open Dylan’s extensions to the
Dylan language. These extensions are either built in to the
library or are available in a separate library, common-dylan.
The majority of the extensions are in the common-extensions module of the common-dylan library. That library also exports a number of smaller modules that contain other basic facilities such as simplified formatting, pseudo-random integer generation, and object finalization.
Open Dylan provides a convenience library,
common-extensions modules to provide a
convenient “dialect” of Dylan, exported from the module
define library common-dylan use dylan, export: all; use common-extensions, export: all; export common-dylan; end module; define module common-dylan use dylan, export: all; use common-extensions, export: all; end module;
This section describes the common language extensions, that is,
extensions made to the Dylan library as it is defined in DRM. These
extensions are available to applications in the
All the other language extensions are described in The common-dylan Library.