[Openmcl-devel] prompt-for-file (embarrassing question)

Ralf Mattes rm at seid-online.de
Thu Mar 30 04:04:50 PDT 2017

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 12:10:16PM +0100, Dimitri Simos wrote:
> (...)
> Is it genuinely impossible to have a Lisp that starts with a double-click

Hmm, having just deployed CCL to our School's Macs from the Appstore I
don't think that statement is correct.

> and offers an elementary set of GUI elements (crude ones, but expandable
> after getting some expertise), just good enough to get a non-programmer
> started without intimidating him to death with 100 acronyms and libraries
> that he has to google and download and master and load before he gets
> started?

In general (native/Desktop) GUI programming hasn't gotten simpler during
the last 10 years - but that's the same for all programming languages.
Modern OS' are more complex than Apple's OS7 (but so much more

> MCL did it. Was it written by Aliens? It seems to me that LW COULD do it.
> Everything is already there. It is a question of hiding features and
> simplifying editing, not implementing new gizmos.

Right now I'm using commonQt for simple GUIs - i can create most of the
GUI in Qt's Designer and load it from Lisp. Pretty trivial, I have to

Cheers, Ralf Mattes


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