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Re: What is Guile?

From: Jonathan Bartlett
Subject: Re: What is Guile?
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 14:03:09 -0700 (PDT)

What languages does Guile currently support?  Last I checked it was pretty
much just scheme.  has anyone added languages?  Is the interface to add
and use other languages documented?


On Mon, 1 Sep 2003, Ricard Mira wrote:

> Some time ago, I participated in the discussion about the
> reorganization of the Guile documentation.  I have been thinking about
> this and discussing via private email with Max Techter (who had
> proposed to apply domain analysis).  My conclusion is that we must
> understand Guile better before trying to reorganize its documentation.
> So my strategy would be to prepare something like a domain dictionary
> (which is a part of domain analysis) but integrated into the
> documentation (to avoid wasted work).  We could achieve that by
> improving the definitions of important things, starting with the
> definition of Guile itself.
> The "What is Guile?" node in the Guile Reference Manual contains the
> main definition of Guile.  I would like to make it more structured,
> because I think it is very important for the definition of Guile to
> explain its fundamental features in an easily understandable way.
> Later on, we could improve (or create) definitions for other important
> things, and put them into subnodes.
> Here is my proposal:
> ---------
> What is Guile?
> Guile is the GNU *multi-lingual extensibility interpreter*.  The goal
> of the Guile project is to give users a choice of extension language.
> Basically, Guile is an *interpreter* that implements the powerful yet
> simple Scheme programming language adding many practical features to
> it.  Further, it is the GNU standard for *extensibility*: we provide
> it as a C library which developers can easily incorporate into C
> programs running on the GNU system, so that users can extend all those
> programs in a similar way.  But above all, we plan to make Guile a
> *multi-lingual* environment, which will allow users to extend programs
> using their favorite extension languages.
> * Menu:
> * Scheme Interpreter::
> * Extensibility Standard::
> * Multi-lingual Environment::
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