Chapter 1

Introduction


Manual Notation

This manual uses a small number of typographic conventions:

If a comma appears between a right curly brace and the following asterisk or plus sign, it indicates that multiple occurrences of the contents are separated by a comma. There is no comma after the last occurrence.

If a semicolon appears between a right curly brace and the following asterisk or plus sign, it indicates that multiple occurrences of the contents are separated by a semicolon. A semicolon following the last occurrence is optional.

Sample Dylan code is shown in small monospaced font. When the return value of an expression is shown, it is preceded by an ⇒.

Chapter 10, "Macros," and Appendix A, "BNF," each use a distinctive notation, described at the start of the chapter and appendix.