[Openmcl-devel] ANNOUNCE: MCLIDE 1.0b

Terje Norderhaug terje at in-progress.com
Wed Dec 16 13:28:16 PST 2009

On Dec 16, 2009, at 12:59 PM, Matthew D. Swank wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:18:11 -0800
> Terje Norderhaug <terje at in-progress.com> wrote:
>> MCLIDEs user interface is based on the mature IDE of Macintosh  
>> Common Lisp. It provides rich interactive development and  
>> debugging tools in the form of dialogs interacting with the target  
>> Lisp.
> Does this mean it actually is (written in) MCL?

The essential idea of MCLIDE is to be a modern GUI based lisp IDE  
independent from the targeted lisp implementations and platforms. The  
application is technically a set of portable Common Lisp modules  
coupled to the IDE of a host lisp implementation using techniques  
from Context-Oriented Programming.

The host lisp for the initial edition is indeed MCL. I determined  
that MCL offered the best opportunity to rapidly create a working  
proof of concept and a usable prototype to explore ideas and learn  
more about the needs of the lisp developer community.

Yet MCLIDE is in no way married to MCL. In fact, an alternative  
edition with Clozure CL as host is in the works.

-- Terje Norderhaug
    terje at in-progress.com

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