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Re: [Chicken-users] Optimal C

From: Peter Bex
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] Optimal C
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 21:11:06 +0100
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On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 03:02:01PM -0500, John Cowan wrote:
> Rick R scripsit:
> > Something like Stalin, which has reduced need for GC is currently my
> > best hope for converting to a ref counting scheme. I'll ask around on
> > comp.lang.functional.
> There is also Pre-Scheme, which compiles directly to C, imposes four
> restrictions (Hindley-Milner static typing, no GC, limited tail-recursion,
> and no call/cc).  It's used to implement the kernel of Scheme48.
> You can grab the paper at .
> Download and build Scheme48 from and the
> Pre-Scheme compiler is available.

As a matter of fact, Ivan has been experimenting with a port of
pre-scheme to Chicken.  See the prescheme-compiler egg.  I don't know
what its current status is, so it may or may not work. Ask Ivan if you
want to know more.

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