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 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.




We are compiling COBOL & CA-IDEAL to Java or C# with Common Lisp. Currently, we work with Lispworks.

Nothing particularly exciting, but we are doing control flow refactoring and mapping from say network databases to relational model.

main features are translation and BRE.

My development machine runs Linux, but it is a windows app, so my development is done inside VMWare (gonna get rid of it though after some tweaks to make it really cross-platform :) )

I am using Lispworks IDE at the moment. Emacs is/was my personal preference, but I got seduced by LW tools :)

Lately we moved to embrace and use some of freely available Common Lisp libraries. At this stage, only a little bit - however there are plans on using cl-ppcre extensively e.g..

April 2015

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