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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(Anonymous)

what I do with lisp

Hey, I work for a small oil drilling service company called "Secure Drilling".
We use Common Lisp (sbcl to be specific) to handle, share and help analyze all
the data we collect from real time instruments on drilling rigs. We're using Python (the language) for most of the display business.

All four of our developers are located in Houston. Our company won the Offshore Technology
Conference's "Spotlight on Technology Award" this year. Check it out:
http://www.otcnet.org/2007/spotlight/secure-drilling.html

Sometimes you'll see me lurking in #lisp as jasapp.
~jeff

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