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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.




Letting out steam

Hobby hacker.

I'm teaching myself Lisp, through the excellent books Practical Common Lisp and Paradigms of AI Programming, and I've been at it for a couple of months now. It truly feels like I'm expanding my field of view in the programming world, which to this day has been BASIC, x86-ASM, C, C++, Java, Haskell & Python. Once the parens disappeared, I saw the beauty of Lisp. :-)

Daytime, I'm a C++ hacker at Opera Software (you know, the browser), doing ports to various Linux-based set-top boxes, music players and what have you. In order to not go crazy at the macro assembler that is C/C++, I'm letting out steam by reading c.l.l, my books, and writing about the things I learn, so my experiences can be of help to other Lisp-newbies (I hope!)


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