Hi Thorsten,

> Thinking about it it seems that Read Macros are equivalent, but the
> readers work differently: 
>  - PicoLisp :: read without eval, except when encountering a read
>       macro
>  - Emacs Lisp :: read without eval, except in special situations (local
>       assignments, read macros, ???)
> So assignments inside 'let are treated special too, like implicit read
> macros, and evaluated during reading.

I don't know much of Emacs Lisp. Can you give examples of how
assignments are treated inside 'let'? Does this mean that the reader
handles 'let' specially?

> Would it be conveivable to have 'evaluating
> versions' of some of the binding environments in PicoLisp too?
> ,----
> |     let, let?, bind, recur, with, for, job, use ...
> `----

Well, 'bind' is the evaluating version of 'let'. It could be used to
implement the outher functions.

What you probably mean is something different. It is a different way of
interpreting the arguments to a function. It has nothing to do with how
the symbols are bound, and nothing with the reader:

> Here a possible use case:
> Imagine these two functions are given:
> ,----
> | (de g  Txt
> |    (glue " " Txt) ) 
> | 
> | (de getCurrTemp (Url) # should retrieve temperature from url
> |   33 )
> `----
> than even a non-programmer could specify a dynamic report in PicoLisp
> by writing:
> ,----
> | (job
> |   CurrTemp (getCurrTemp "/path/to/current/temp/in/berlin")
> | 
> |   (g Current temperature in Berlin is `CurrTemp °Celsius) )
> `----

Yes, but this will not work (the read macro), because 'getCurrTemp' is
called *after* the whole expression is read and the read macro is
expanded. The point of our whole discussion so far :(

If I understand you right, you want the evaluation of arguments to a
function behave differently. You can define some syntax, but as the
backquote is already taken, the easiest might be to use parentheses:

   (de g Args
            (if (pair X) (val (car X)) X) )
         Args ) )

   (setq Temp 33)

   (g Current temperature in Berlin is (Temp) °Celsius)
   -> (Current temperature in Berlin is 33 °Celsius)

♪♫ Alex
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