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Why doesn't tail call optimization get any love?



Unfortunately it get's lots of pushback instead. It seems very likely that syntax will get changed to `return continue fn()` https://github.com/tc39/proposal-ptc-syntax

Somewhat related there is no optimization for passing arbitrary length arrays with `...` to function having `...rest` as the last argument, which means [].splice is still a footgun:(


That explicit tail recursion syntax is pretty gross. Is there a precedent in any other language?


Rust has plans for a `become` operator for tail call optimization.


Clojure's recur is kinda-close, I guess?


It is, but Clojure uses it, because it cannot really do Tail Call Optimization due to constraints on the JVM. Therefore "recur" is required to keep the Stack from overflowing.




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