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[Bug-zile] Zee anastasis in progress!

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: [Bug-zile] Zee anastasis in progress!
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:44:12 +0100

The combination of an existing implementation to work to (whose simple
charm I am rediscovering) plus a test suite for the new implementation
(I may yet be converted to TDD: at least I've now reached the point
where I can bless every minute I spent cranking out the original test
suite) is making progress at least feel rapid.

The zee branch of Zile is now below the code count for the abandoned
earlier mixed C/Lua version, and I've still got plenty of room to
lower it (the job is not yet complete), so the ratio should at least
match that of Zile's roughly 75% Lua:C.

The one major head-scratcher I'm left with is what to do with the
result: it has two perfectly logical homes, one as a branch of Zile,
and one as a branch (or simple replacement) of Zee.

There's some hope that it might be useful for a kernelization of Zile;
but on the other hand its extreme simplicity might militate against

Also, I'd like to encourage both former Zee developers to work on it,
and current and former Zile hackers.

Suggestions welcome.

Two-way signpost:

Zile: https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/zile/
Zee: https://sourceforge.net/projects/zee/

The current Zee code:


(I notice that I've removed both the transpose functions and tranpose
functions. Who knew that Emacs had tranpose functions?)

I'll post again and make a release once I reach feature parity with
old Zee. My original estimate of two weeks looks reasonable, given
that I'm about a week in.


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