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Re: [Axiom-developer] axiom common lisp

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Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] axiom common lisp
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 12:43:49 -0500

> Have done it 2 years ago. I won't do it again.
> Juergen Weiss

sigh. ok. it appears you feel slighted because your ansi patches
didn't get added to the system 2 years ago.

three years ago gcl was chosen (over ccl) because (a) i knew it worked
on akcl (gcl's parent code) and (b) i helped write akcl so i knew the
internals. (c) there were not many ansi common lisps and, in fact, i
didn't understand the distinction between cltl2 and ansi.

two years ago the interpreter was not yet fully functional on gcl. in
fact, it was in the process of being converted to pamphlet files with
a makefile hierarchy. supporting 2 different lisps in the makefiles
was more work than i could do and a complete rewrite to ansi lisp (on
an ansi lisp i didn't understand) was too much work for me to do. the
point was to get ALL of axiom running. email discussions on the lisp
pointed out that gcl would eventually be ansi. uffi didn't exist and
i didn't understand the way to hook the C socket code into your work.

axiom became fully functional (interp/algebra/hyperdoc/ graphics) as
of feb 2005. at which point i could begin to focus on other issues.

rewriting the code from the current boot language to ansi common lisp
is in process and i'm testing the rewrite on every available ansi
common lisp platform during the rewrite. so ansi common lisp is 
coming. not quickly but in well-tested increments.

i know i ignored your ansi patches but they happened at a time when
they would have been vastly disruptive to getting the system running

i apologize that they were ignored.


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