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Procedures As Data Structures

10.18.2005
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        The notion of a 'pair' in lisp. A 'pair' is a way of glueing two pieces of data.
(define z (cons x y))
(car z) => x
(cdr z) => y
The interesting thing is that any triple of procedures that satisfies the above condition can be used as the basis for implementing pairs. This is one such triple:

(define (cons x y)
(lambda (m) (m x y)))

(define (car z)
(z (lambda (p q) p)))

(define (cdr z)
(z (lambda (p q) q)))
Implementation of cons, car, and cdr without using any data structures at all but only using procedures. This blurs the distinction between 'procedure' and 'data'.