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  1. continuation-passing style(Noun)

    A style of programming in which every user function f takes an extra argument c known as a continuation. Whenever f would normally return a result r to its caller, it instead returns the result of applying the continuation to r.


  1. Continuation-passing style

    In functional programming, continuation-passing style is a style of programming in which control is passed explicitly in the form of a continuation. Gerald Jay Sussman and Guy L. Steele, Jr. coined the phrase in AI Memo 349, which sets out the first version of the Scheme programming language. John C. Reynolds gives a detailed account of the numerous discoveries of continuations. A function written in continuation-passing style takes an extra argument: an explicit "continuation" i.e. a function of one argument. When the CPS function has computed its result value, it "returns" it by calling the continuation function with this value as the argument. That means that when invoking a CPS function, the calling function is required to supply a procedure to be invoked with the subroutine's "return" value. Expressing code in this form makes a number of things explicit which are implicit in direct style. These include: procedure returns, which become apparent as calls to a continuation; intermediate values, which are all given names; order of argument evaluation, which is made explicit; and tail calls, which is simply calling a procedure with the same continuation, unmodified, that was passed to the caller.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of continuation-passing style in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of continuation-passing style in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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