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Frank Mittelbach <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:17:57 +0100
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Philipp Stephani writes:

 > >>> - dedicated stack and queue datatypes that hide their implementation
 > >> 
 > >> Can you go into more detail about what is deficient in l3seq for this?
 > > 
 > > I think we are getting at "concepts" here: something like \cs_set_eq:NN \stack_new:N \seq_new:N, ...
 > Yes. This separation would perhaps be a bit clearer to the user. I read the
 > discussion in source3 on removing \seq_put_left in favor of \seq_push, but
 > with a stack datatype (which would be rather trivial) we would have the
 > same situation as in C++: A deque as a container (a L3 seq is in fact
 > similar to a deque because you can add elements at both ends, but not in
 > the middle, as opposed to vectors and lists), and stack and queue as
 > container adaptors. However, this is a purely design decision (Python, for
 > example, has no dedicated stack datatype).

at some point in time there has been a separate stack module but we decided
not to keep that separation. As mentioned it is largely a design/philosophical
question and I think we should leave it as it is.