[Openmcl-devel] Re: Standardization, ho!

John DeSoi desoi at mac.com
Wed Sep 11 16:39:46 PDT 2002

At 5:17 PM -0600 9/11/02, Hamilton Link wrote:
>Fwiw, I'm the aforementioned colleague. Personally I think it would be
>good for not only the open-source lisps to have a set of common APIs for
>certain things, but for lisp in general to be able to say we have
>standard libraries for XYZ commonly needed modern functionality.

Yes, excellent. And I think one of the key starting points is a 
standardized FFI. A lot of great libraries already exist (SSL, Expat, 
etc.) but each Lisp implementation has to start from scratch to use 
them. UFFI (http://uffi.med-info.com/) seems to fit the bill and 
already supports quite a few implementations (ACL, CMU, LispWorks, 
MCL). I'm just about finished with the first shot at OpenMCL. I hope 
to spend some time with OpenMCL's header parser and see if I can 
adapt it to spit out UFFI declarations.


John DeSoi, Ph.D.

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