been using has been ||= .

If you haven't seen it before think of it in terms of += .

So x ||= 3 is equivalent to x = x || 3.

I've found this pretty useful in a couple of cases and decided to write a

CL implementation of it. I give you ORF.

(defmacro orf (place value &environment env)

(multiple-value-bind (vars vals store-vars writer reader)

(get-setf-expansion place env)

`(let* (,@(mapcar 'list vars vals)

(,@store-vars (or ,reader ,value)))

,writer)))

So now (orf x 3) === (setf x (or x 3))

with the minor caveat that x will only being evaluated once.

Truly, Lisp is the Borg of programming languages.