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[Gnu-arch-users] Re: Pika Scheme project announcement

From: Miles Bader
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Pika Scheme project announcement
Date: 21 Nov 2003 18:30:59 +0900

Magnus Therning <address@hidden> writes:
> Like lua (, but scheme?
> Sounds _very_ good.

I don't have much experience with lua, other than writing a few simple
programs and gawking at how elegant the whole thing seemed, but yeah,
lua seems like an excellent thing to keep in mind while writing this...

I'm curious if anyone's done a recent survey of scheme implementations,
as there certainly seem to be a lot of them, including some that at
least appear to have similar goals to pika (e.g., sawfish's rep).

Hmmm, actually a quick search of debian packages shows:

   drscheme - Scheme Programming Environment
   elk - the Elk Scheme interpreter
   gauche - A Scheme implementation designed for script writing.
   guile-1.6 - The GNU extension language and Scheme interpreter
   mit-scheme - The MIT/GNU Scheme development environment
   mzscheme - Rice University PLT Scheme Interpreter
   oaklisp - An object-oriented dialect of Scheme.
   rscheme - Threaded, persistent, OO, scheme interpreter and compiler
   scm - A Scheme language interpreter.
   stklos - An efficient Scheme System providing a powerful Object System
   scsh - A `scheme' interpreter designed for writing system programs

... and a quick shell script to add up the executable sizes + library
sizes (excluding common libraries like libc and X libs) + loaded binary
images shows:

   4301042  165376  501644 4968062  4bce7e drscheme [/usr/lib/plt/bin/mred]
    271287    8864    3816  283967   4553f elk
    621976   42800   54512  719288   af9b8 gauche [gosh]
    574762   11428   26448  612638   9591e guile-1.6
   9798477   22728   14544  502217   7a9c9 mit-scheme
    955244   73836  242336 1271416  136678 mzscheme
    538754     712    1316   39242    994a oaklisp
   1574077   99212   20756 1694045  19d95d rscheme [rs]
    357640   16096   18804  346817   54ac1 scm
    485673   13976  454064  953713   e8d71 stklos
   4790800    1580    5284  158872   26c98 scsh

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