Saturday, February 13, 2010

Scheme and Common LISP on JVM

Some interesting discoveries lately...

Kawa is Scheme on JVM (so is SISC) - a GNU official project.
Runs on Sun and various other JVM's.

Armed Bear Common LISP (ABCL) is CL on JVM

Clojure is new and a bit different -- and sounds very impressive indeed from the presentation(s) at
Designed to interoperate easily with Java and other languages on the JVM platform.
The designer (Rich Hickey) has removed dependencies on concrete implementations... e.g. abstracting cons's to first and rest.
seq replaces lists as an abstraction.
It's closer to CL than Scheme (Rich says so).
Looks very promising.

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