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10.4.4  Using strings as names

Variable and function names are symbols, namely sequences of characters, which are different from strings. For example, you can have a variable named abc, but not "abc". The # operator will turn a string into a symbol; for example (#"abc") is the symbol abc.

If you enter

a := "abc"; (#a) := 3


(#"abc") := 3

then the variable abc will have the value 3. Entering #a will still give you abc; you can get 3 with eval(#a).

Similarly for functions. If you enter

b := "sin"; (#b)(pi/4)



you will get


which is sin(pi/4).

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