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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.




I'm jfm3 (http://jfm3-repl.blogspot.com).

I'm using SBCL on Linux x86 to perform automated inventory of the 436 computers in the ORBIT (http://www.orbit-lab.org) grid. CLSQL made it very easy to get the database transactions to open and close in just the right places so that up to 400 of those computers could report their hardware at the same time. It was trivial to write a package that read all the data I needed from Linux sysfs, and parse it using CL-PPCRE.

I plan on using SBCL in at least one of my next projects here.