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2 points by akkartik 862 days ago | link | parent

My answer to that question has always been, "it depends." The anti-encapsulation ethos (homoiconicity, using lists where other languages may use objects, the entire compiler fitting in one file and being accessible front-and-center, etc.) means that there's always the ability to peel back another layer of the onion when it becomes relevant.

2 points by krapp 862 days ago | link

I think it's a documentation issue. I think I had to search the forums to find out about it when I was playing with JSON interop. Nowhere on the actual template page in the Arc documentation does it tell you this is a thing.

Some things I've only been able to figure out by studying the compiler or arc source code itself. Granted, that's illuminating, but it's also sometimes really annoying.


2 points by rocketnia 862 days ago | link

"to find out about it"

Sorry, to find out about which part?


2 points by rocketnia 861 days ago | link

Ah, I think I understand: The fact that you can call `rep` on a template instance.


1 point by akkartik 861 days ago | link

Indeed. It never occurred to me to write about this. Would you be interested in writing something up? I can help you wrestle with the documentation system if you like.