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Re: [Chicken-users] A Scheme based make - soliciting you comments

From: Moritz Heidkamp
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] A Scheme based make - soliciting you comments
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:15:21 +0200

Hi Jerry,

Jörg F. Wittenberger <address@hidden> writes:
> these days I ran (again as every once in a while) a case which made me
> longing for a make(1) in Scheme. Gave the make egg a try and… decided
> I'd need something else. Something powerful enough to make it easier
> to maintain Chickens build and similar complex things.

I know the feeling! And I have started a project in that direction, as
well. It's been on a detour due to some yaks on the road for a bit now
but I have hopes to find time to hack on the actual thing again
soon. Also I have some yak fur coats to spare if anyone is interested.

> So far I ended up with something working.  I'm not yet sure that it's worth
> the effort to document/release it, so please tell me if you like it.

I've looked at it and have a question: It looks like you chose to build
a separate language (or preprocessor) on top of Scheme. Is that
assessment correct? Can you explain why you chose to do so? In my
project I aim for a make(1) replacement *in* Scheme (kind of like the
make egg, only more flexible) which seems sensible to me, given its
syntactic extensibility.


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