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daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Fri Oct 28 08:32:42 1994 )

From: deforest@netcom.com (Robert de Forest)
To: coldstuff@MIT.EDU
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 05:28:18 -0700 (PDT)
Cc: jbb@homer.ncm.com

Jordan Baker has made changes to the server source which provide the following:

suspend() : Stops processing of current task and adds task id to tasks().
            if task is resumed return value is 0 or a value specified.

resume(task_id, [return_val])
          : Resumes task_id if it exists and return value of suspend() in the
            resumed task is return_val or 0 if none specified.

          : Removes task_id from tasks() without resuming it.

tasks()   : Returs a list of all resumable tasks.

pause()   : Suspends a task but places it in a list of tasks to be resumed
            as soon as all IO and other tasks have finished. When the task
            resumes, the tick count in the current frame has been reset.

callers() : Returns a list of [this, definer, method, line] from the call
            call stack. Intended primarily for debugging uses.

          : If a non-dbref value is sent a message, the message is actually
            sent to get_name(type(non_obj_val)), and the value itself is
            passed as the first arg. For example, "foo".reverse() is
            syntactically identical to $string.reverse("foo"). Of course this
            does not change the behavior of frobs or objects, it simply changes
            the ~type error you would have gotten into either a ~namenf or

The following change was made but taken out because Jordan wasn't sure about

private   : Keyword placed at top of method where disallow_overrides would go
            makes method invisible from methods not defined on the same object.

          : Search only current object for a method marked "private" and
            call it as you normally would.

The above were hinted at by Greg and implemented by Jordan to speed things up.
 Common code could be removed from large methods and put into shared methods
 without adding an interface method with a security check and the calls are
 much faster, being only one-object instead of all parents.

I have no idea what Jordan is up to now. His net access always seems to be
 flakey. Or so he says. :) Perhaps he will be subscribed to this list and
 answer these questions himself when they come up.

Robert de Forest / Crag