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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.




What I Use Lisp For

I use Lisp to teach myself programming. I accidentally discovered this thing called hacking over a year ago and have been teaching myself using Lisp. After a brief period with Scheme, I switched to CL and I am loving every bit of it. To propel myself, I am developing an experimental database search - an interactive layer for manipulating some persistent objects using a mixture of combinatorics and other concepts (things I've never seen before but I am discovering as I progress on my journey.) I might turn it into a web app. Objectives? Fun. I've been using CLISP on Windows, but for its lack of threads I've turned to SBCL on Linux x86.