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25.2.9 step Macro

Syntax:
step form    {result}*

Arguments and Values:
form - a form; evaluated as described below.

results - the values returned by the form.

Description:
step implements a debugging paradigm wherein the programmer is allowed to step through the evaluation of a form. The specific nature of the interaction, including which I/O streams are used and whether the stepping has lexical or dynamic scope, is implementation-defined.

step evaluates form in the current environment. A call to step can be compiled, but it is acceptable for an implementation to interactively step through only those parts of the computation that are interpreted.

It is technically permissible for a conforming implementation to take no action at all other than normal execution of the form. In such a situation, (step form) is equivalent to, for example, (let () form). In implementations where this is the case, the associated documentation should mention that fact.

?

See Also:
trace

Notes:
Implementations are encouraged to respond to the typing of ? or the pressing of a "help key" by providing help including a list of commands.

Allegro CL Implementation Details:
None.

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