[Openmcl-devel] talk on CCL

mikel evins mevins at me.com
Fri Oct 19 09:16:34 PDT 2018

> On Oct 19, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Ron Garret <ron at flownet.com> wrote:
> " an intrepid band of hackers formed a little company called Coral Software. And Coral Common Lisp was their product that they managed to put together, and it came out in 1987, and … they had a Common Lisp (it didn’t have CLOS, so it was CLTL1), [which] ran on a 1MB Macintosh Plus, this incredibly weak hardware. So that was a real accomplishment.”
> Not only did they have a CL that ran on a 1MB Mac Plus, it had an IDE!  And not only did it have an IDE, it had one of the best IDEs ever.  You can still run it on emulators today, and it is still usable — even competitive — today.  It had an interactive interface builder that is still to this day superior to anything I have seen anywhere.  I still miss it.  (I used the original CCL to do my masters thesis back in 1987 and it spoiled me on IDEs for life.  I’ve been a grumpy old man ever since.)
> I would rank the original CCL as a technical achievement on a par with the Macintosh itself.

I agree. The only tools I ever liked better than MCL were experimental tools built inside Apple on top of MCL. 

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