Practical Lisp 2008

A little more than three years ago there was a thread in comp.lang.lisp about what people were working on in Common Lisp. I found the replies, some summarized here, quite inspirational; they were from people doing practical stuff (even Real Work) with Common Lisp, beyond things like going through Project Euler or doing exercises from SICP. (Not that those aren't fine things to do, but.)

Let's update this. What are you using Common Lisp for in 2008? What are you using to do it? I'll start:

I mostly use Common Lisp to make graphics toys at Wigflip.com. To that end I'm always looking for new ways to produce or consume graphics-related things. For example, I'm adding support for processing OpenType fonts to ZPB-TTF and making a hybrid of Skippy and Vecto to produce simple vector-oriented animations. I'd also like to add APNG support to ZPNG.

I primarily use SBCL on Linux, x86 and x86-64, with Emacs and SLIME. For deploying all my website stuff I use Edi-ware extensively: Hunchentoot, HTML-TEMPLATE, and CL-WHO. I use CLSQL for a few things too. For graphics work, I use mostly my own libraries.

How about you? Leave a comment and let me know.

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what I do with Lisp

I use the Lispworks editor as my primary editor both for home and work. In support of using it for work, I wrote a small framework for making LW automatically mirror some files to a remote server on save, via rsync (described here (http://theclapp.blog-city.com/editing_locally_saving_remotely_lispworks_editor_backed_by.htm), with some maybe-actually-working code).

I have a couple of (relatively) active projects:

* a Vim mode for Lispworks (http://theclapp.org/blog/tags/vim_mode/)
* a GUI program to track my weight and exercise. I've never done much GUI stuff so it's very educational. I may decide to use Kenny's Cells library.

And an inactive project: a Lisp shell that works efficiently on both local and remote accounts.

And an idea for a project: a Lisp interface to the Linux userland filesystem (FUSE). I'd then enhance my editor plugin to use it, and enhance my current home-grown "time machine"-like rbackup setup to use it.

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