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[Axiom-developer] Catching up on internals

From: Nicolas Doye
Subject: [Axiom-developer] Catching up on internals
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:33:46 +0100

Dear all,

last time I looked at the internals (20 years ago) the parts I was interested in were all written in BOOT. I wrote all my tentative code in BOOT and patched one function (possibly coerceInteractive) to accept it. I have several hundred lines of BOOT code that may be of interest to people.

I can’t remember exactly how one compiles BOOT and adds it into the interpreter’s path Worse, I can’t remember BOOT’s syntax. I had a photocopy of the BOOT programming guide, but, sadly, can’t find it. 

Is there any online documentation on hacking the Axiom interpreter? Also, if anyone has a scan of the BOOT document, please can you let me get hold of it somehow?

Quick Bio: I was a student of James Davenport’s in the late 90s working on coercion, Axiom’s type system and Universal Algebra. Since then I’ve not been in academia.

Nic Doye

twitter: @nicdoye

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