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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.




Currently, I'm mainly using CL for a private hobby web-app. When I started some 1,5 years ago, I was wondering at all the marvellous libraries that had popped up for CL (I'd done AI related lisp programming in the 90s), so I wanted to try stuff like CLSQL, CL-PPCRE, CXML and UCW. In addition, my day job had me absorbed in text manipulation and I thought I would need to do a little bit more straight programming in order not to forget that some day or other I had achieved a CS degree. I think the experiences I made will be a benefit for my next job, although it's gonna involve Python, but anyway.

Ah, and recently I had the chance to use CL at work, pulling data from some KR schema.