[libdispatch-dev] I missed the intro message ;)

Robert Watson robert at fledge.watson.org
Sun Sep 13 04:23:48 PDT 2009

On Sat, 12 Sep 2009, Kevin Van Vechten wrote:

>> I also found it interesting that you built it so it could run without 
>> blocks. I found when writing WW that life was ever so much easier using 
>> blocks to my advantage during implementation.
> Blocks are great and we expect virtually all clients of libdispatch will use 
> them because of the convenience they provide.  The choice not to use blocks 
> in the implementation of libdispatch itself was due to the desire to avoid 
> any locks or heap allocations in the "fast path" of the dispatch mechanism.

It also, of course, has the benefit that we can bootstrap libdispatch 
essentially unmodified on systems without blocks support yet.  Compiler 
changes are slow to propagate through the world for pretty good reasons.

Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

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