Question about callcc

Hi,

I’m trying to understand continuation.
There’s some confusion in the following:

In top-level,

[1]
callcc { |c| $label = c }
#…some other code here
$label.call

[2]
$label = callcc { |c| c }
#…some other code here
$label.call

Are they same or different?
As I understand it, callcc returns the last expression or return value
of c.call.
Thus, basically [1] and [2] should be same, right?
But I’m not sure.
Can anyone explain it, please?

Thanks.

Sam

Sam K. wrote:

$label.call
Thus, basically [1] and [2] should be same, right?
But I’m not sure.
Can anyone explain it, please?

callcc returns the return value of its block, the first time. Later, it
returns the value it was called with.
If you test [2], you’ll see the error message:
undefined method `call’ for nil:NilClass (NoMethodError)

Try
$label = callcc {|c| c}
$label.call(3)

and
$label = callcc {|c| puts “first call”; c}
$label.call(lambda{puts “second call”})

to understand what’s going on.

On Thu, 12 Oct 2006 01:59:26 +0900, Carlos wrote:

callcc { |c| $label = c }
As I understand it, callcc returns the last expression or return value
Try
$label = callcc {|c| c}
$label.call(3)

and
$label = callcc {|c| puts “first call”; c}
$label.call(lambda{puts “second call”})

to understand what’s going on.

This example (run in straight ruby, not irb) should clarify what’s going
on.

begin
$label=nil
$label=callcc{|c| c}
puts “After the first callcc”
$label.call
rescue StandardError=>e
puts e
end

begin
$label=nil
callcc{|c| $label=c}
puts “After the second callcc”
$label.call
rescue StandardError=>e
puts e
end

[[email protected] ~]$ ruby callcc.rb | head
After the first callcc
After the first callcc
undefined method `call’ for nil:NilClass
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
(infintie loop)

Hi Ken,

Ken B. wrote:

On Thu, 12 Oct 2006 01:59:26 +0900, Carlos wrote:

callcc { |c| $label = c }
As I understand it, callcc returns the last expression or return value
Try
$label = callcc {|c| c}
$label.call(3)

and
$label = callcc {|c| puts “first call”; c}
$label.call(lambda{puts “second call”})

to understand what’s going on.

This example (run in straight ruby, not irb) should clarify what’s going
on.

begin
$label=nil
$label=callcc{|c| c}
puts “After the first callcc”
$label.call
rescue StandardError=>e
puts e
end

begin
$label=nil
callcc{|c| $label=c}
puts “After the second callcc”
$label.call
rescue StandardError=>e
puts e
end

[[email protected] ~]$ ruby callcc.rb | head
After the first callcc
After the first callcc
undefined method `call’ for nil:NilClass
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
After the second callcc
(infintie loop)

Although I still don’t understand what’s going on in the back,
I see the difference.

Thank you very much.

Sam

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