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Simple Finite State Machine library.

State machines are a simple way to express the flow of a program through states and transitions, those, in turn, are defined in terms of easy rules, which typically include "where you can go to" and "is it ok to terminate the FSM here?". States currently only supports the first of those two, but may support the other one eventually.

GraphViz rendering may be supported eventually as well.




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(state-machine INITIAL (TRIGGER ! STATE -> POSSIBLE-TRANSITIONS ...) ...)syntax

Creates a new state machine whose initial state is INITIAL, each TRIGGER is a procedure that will be injected the state change (set the current state to STATE) / validation (check if STATE is in previous state's POSSIBLE-TRANSITIONS), thus working like a transition callback. INITIAL, STATE and POSSIBLE-TRANSITIONS must be symbols, and there must be a POSSIBLE-TRANSITIONS definition for INITIAL so transitioning is possible.

Transitions (via triggers) should be done in tail call position as to not overflow the stack and also to avoid incorrect-state bugs.

machine-state MACHINEprocedure

Retrieves the current state of MACHINE, mostly useful when a trigger is used for multiple states.


Simple Cyclic state machine, included inside the test suite:

   (import states)
   (define (a) (print "In state A"))
   (define (b) (print "In state B"))
   (define (c) (print "In state C"))
     (a ! A -> B)
     (b ! B -> C)
     (c ! C -> A))
   (b) ; A -> B
   (c) ; B -> C
   (a) ; C -> A


Public Domain.

The code was written by Bowuigi and placed in the Public Domain. All warranties are disclaimed.

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