Re: Clarification: GNU CL and PowerLoom
Andre Valente <avalente <at> ksventures.com>
2004-09-14 20:23:18 GMT
I have been trying for a while to get a no-cost CommonLisp working with Stella
in Windows to do Stella/PowerLoom development.
The bad news is that we have had no success so far. I asked the ISI PowerLoom
team (Hans and Tom) to help and they found that all free CommonLisps that work
in Windows have either (a) limitations compared to the ANSI standard or (b)
some odd implementation features (e.g., low sizes of BIGNUMs). The
implementations we got closest to working are LispWorks (there is a free
version) and clisp (running on Cygwin). But even for these I have not been
able to make Stella load completely.
After your suggestion I tried GNU CL and it has a lot of problems - to give
you an instance, it choked on the syntax #+(:AND :ALLEGRO-V5.0 :SUN), which
AFAIK is ANSI-legal. So it looks like it would be necessary to do some serious
changes to Stella to try to make it work.
What I am doing (and may be yoru best bet for the moment) is to get a Linux
machine and install CMUCL. Several people begged the CMLCL team to port it to
Cygwin but they just said no.
If other people had better luck, perhaps they can let the list know.
dkylepierce <at> att.net wrote:
> I should clarify what I asked earlier about using GNU CL to run
> PowerLoom. I am trying to find a workable Lisp environment for
> interactive development using Stella. I have a Windows XP system but I
> often use XEmacs and I'm sure I can get a GNU CL process running from
> there. Then I just need to get PowerLoom working with GNU CL, or
> rather, vice versa. This seems to be a formidable task, though. I can
> easily run the Java version in a console, but the editing features are
> of course almost nonexistent.
> I would no doubt choose Java as the language for any final
> implementation, but I want to take advantage of the Lisp environment if
> I can, for its interactive features. If, however, there might be better
> choices for someone who is only moderately familiar with Common Lisp as
> a development environment, let me know.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Kyle Pierce
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