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   a. lcontract should do the following:
        o reduce the code to normal form in one pass (no surprising redices)
        o should contract type applications (i.e., polymorphic functions
            that only applied once)
        o how lcontract interacts with specialize ? how many rounds of
          lcontract should be applied, before or after specialize ?
          we should borrow the "accounting" heuristics in cpsopt.

   b. ppflint --- probably should be less verbose on some canonical case,
         e.g., FIX((_,f,_,_), RET[VAR f])
      also if the body is very small, we don't have make a new line.
      see pplexp.sml

      printing  primops can be made less verbose, instead PRIMOP blah blah
      just simply "x + 1" would do.

   c. flintutil.sml:
      how to represent the wrap, unwrap and etag primops ? should they
      be monomorphic or polymorphic

   d. flintnm.sml: recursions vs. true recursions. I hope that something
      can be done on splitting pseudo recursions into separate FIX decs.

   e. lcontract + specialize: how to adjust the lty and tyc when we have
      to inline or specialize functions from one depth to another is a
      major headache of using the de-Bruijn-index-based representations.
      I have tried different ways in lcontract and specialize, but it
      is pretty adhoc, it will be nice if we can show a more general way
      of how this should be done.

   f. Type specialization will lead to many new redices for the lcontract;
      I currently will run one round of lcontract after specialize (see the
      end of lcontract.sml). Is this an overkill ? 

   g. For a simple int list constant such as "[3]", the compiler
      generates the following after the representation analysis:
      this is way too much work; several issues have to be dealt
      with: first the "ltc_unit" and the "unit" constant; second
      is how to avoid trivial wrappers such as those generated
      from wrapping a RECORD; third is how to avoid useless LET 
      redices from the coerce procedure.

       v3 : (FK_FCT)  = 
	 FN([v2 : S{}],
	   v6 = RECORD []
	   [v8] = 
	     [v12] = v13 = WRAP(TT<>, v6)
		      RETURN [v13]
	     RETURN [v12]
	   v5 = CON(nil, [I], v8)
	   v4 = RECORD [(I)3,v5]
	   [v9] = 
	     [v10] = v11 = WRAP(TT<I,LST[I]>, v4)
		      RETURN [v11]
	     RETURN [v10]
	   v1 = CON(::, [I], v9)
	   v7 = STRUCT [v1]
	   RETURN [v7])
   h. Files that needs further clean-up --- 
        ltykernel.sml and wrappingNEW.sml

B  eliminate pointers to the middle of closures ... 
C  parametrize the cross-module linkage conventions
     1. add code splitting
     2. get rid of LT_PST through advanced linkage interface
     3. new array splitting (code splitting, phase 1) 
     4. all require runtime support in LoadBinFile in new-boot.c
C. delay inlining of array primops to the backend 
D  clean up the copyright/etc in all the source files


X  merge EXNC and EXNF into ETAG;  (fixing exn flag typing)
X  treat non-value carrying datatypes as unit-carrying ...
X  merge EXNCONS and EXNFUN ?
X  propagating datatypes into the middle-end
X  clean up the primitives such as PACK and WRAP ...
X  move the execution semantics from CM back into compile or evalloop 
X  change lambda from Lambda.lexp to FLINT.prog
        1. eliminate the PLambda to Lambda normalize module
        2. plambda is now part of the "trans-mcomp" phase
X  push FLINT into inl_info (?) and cleanup the CM interface
X  push lcontract into FLINT    (* easy *)
X  push specialize into FLINT   (* some work *)
X  push reps into FLINT         (* rework *)
X  push narrow into FLINT       (* easy *)
X  push convert into FLINT      (* register pressure ? *)
X  turn on the FLINT typechecker           (* CHRIS & VALERY *)
X  turn on the FLINT pretty printer        (* CHRIS & VALERY *)

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