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Simple tic-tac-toe GUI in Common Lisp: Avoid using Continuation Passing Style?

I've made a simple Tic-Tac-Toe game in Common Lisp using the Ltk library. One of the things I wanted to do was to support CPU vs CPU, human vs human, human vs CPU, and CPU vs human. Also, possibly ...
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Best practice to "continue" from inside a nested loop?

Here is a simplified sample. Basically, it does checks on a string from a string list. If the check passes, it will remove that string (filterStringOut(i);), and it is no longer ...
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What's the relation between Promises and Continuations

I think I understand what Promises are about, and I think I understand what continuations are about, but I still fail to see what their connection is. In what ways do Promises use Continuations. They ...
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Are first-class continuations useful in modern object-oriented programming languages?

Continuations are extremely useful in functional programming languages (e.g. the Cont monad in Haskell) because they allow a simple and regular notation for imperative-style code. They're also useful ...
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Continuations, coroutines, and tail-call optimization

I am trying to learn continuations and use them to implement coroutines in Scheme. I have two procedures (coroutines) a and b, and I switch between them in the following way: ;; c is a continuation. ...
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What is an example of a continuation not implemented as a procedure?

An interesting discussion about the distinction between callbacks and continuations over on SO has prompted this question. By definition, a continuation is an abstract representation of the logic ...
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Which are the alternatives to using a stack to represent function call semantics?

We all know and love that function calls are usually implemented using the stack; there are frames, return addresses, parameters, the whole lot. However, the stack is an implementation detail: ...
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How is one expected to use open sockets with [delimited] continuations?

I'm trying to figure out how an open socket or file handle should interact with continuations. Searching has revealed that dynamic-wind is probably part of the solution, but I'm more interested in the ...
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Y combinator and tail call optimizations

The definition of a Y combinator in F# is let rec y f x = f (y f) x f expects to have as a first argument some continuation for the recursive subproblems. Using the y f as a continuation, we see ...
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Can't understand example using continuations

I'm reading the r6rs Scheme report and am confused by the explanation of continuations (I find it to be too dense and lacking of examples for a beginner). What is this code doing and how does it ...
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How do you keep code with continuations/callbacks readable?

Summary: Are there some well-established best-practice patterns that I can follow to keep my code readable in spite of using asynchronous code and callbacks? I'm using a JavaScript library that does ...
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