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Software News   Software News : Distributed LISP
   posted by dietmar on 16-Aug-2004 1:38:22 (2506 reads)
Distributed LISP is a new scripting language inspired by Lisp (a minimal, fast Lisp interpreter).

If you have ever written an installation script for the Commodore Installer and its Lisp-like language, you know how such programs look like: a lot of parantheses but, on the bright side, no semicolons ;) Features: implemented as library (ie can be flushed if not needed), fast bytecode compiler, cache for tokenized code. The language is Rexx-enabled so that Lisp programs can be used for automation of other applications. A script written in Distributed LISP is two to three times faster than the same script written in Rexx, on 68k platforms.

Web site and download

MorphOS users can download an experimental PPC binary to replace the 68k binary in the archive (experimental in the sense that it is a stand-alone interpreter binary, not a library).

Distributed LISP is complemented by a Lisp mode for GoldED Studio (envLSP10), available on the GoldED web site, providing syntax highlighting and online help.
    

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shoe 
Re: Distributed LISP
Posted on 16-Aug-2004 6:36:23
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This is kind of cool.. Is AREXX avalible for any other OS than AmigaOS? I know "rexx" is, but is AREXX? (What is the difference anyway?)

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Re: Distributed LISP
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shoe wrote:

This is kind of cool.. Is AREXX avalible for any other OS than AmigaOS? I know "rexx" is, but is AREXX? (What is the difference anyway?)


Uh... doesn't the "A" in "ARexx" stand for "Amiga"? - i.e. Amiga Rexx?


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Yes I belive it does


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@shoe:

Quote:

Is AREXX avalible for any other OS than AmigaOS? I know "rexx" is, but is AREXX? (What is the difference anyway?)

Rexx was introduced by IBM in the early eighties (IIRC). ARexx is the Amiga implementation of Rexx.

There are very few differences between Rexx and ARex. Tthe only thing I can remember right now is that ARexx has both INDEX() and FIRSTPOS() (both functions do the same job) while Rexx only knows FIRSTPOS(). Of course, the famous 'Arexx message ports' are Amiga specific aswell.

Unfortunately, Rexx is pretty much dead nowadays. It's still used in IBM's OS/2 (I think they call it 'eComStation' now), but that's dead aswell

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@cgutjahr:

Well, the important thing about Arexx was never the language, it was the easy access to message ports. So any language where this could be added in a clean way (that means no need to shuffle pointers and structs in C around, please) would be potentially very useful.

Like for instance Python, it has both an Arexx port handler and an Arexx client handler. Unfortunately it doesn't look like it'll be part of OS4


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Whatever happened to the "Sheep" scripting lanquage that was tooted as the replacement of arexx a while ago?


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That was for DE. Whatever happened to DE, I hear you cry. Well, no clue.


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