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ANN: Common-Scheme 0.3

From: Alex Shinn
Subject: ANN: Common-Scheme 0.3
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 11:24:36 +0900

Now not only can you write portable code, you can share it easily with
your friends!

Version 0.3 adds the optional "common-scheme" command which acts as a
package management system and multi-platform build tool all in one.
Search and install from a decentralized peer-to-peer network, or
directly from URLs.  No package description files or Makefiles needed -
everything is inferred directly from the source code itself for easy
maintenance.  Sharing has never been easier.


Initial support for Gambit has been added, bringing the list of
supported implementations to five (along with Chicken, Gauche, Guile and

Major improvements to the module system have been made, including
support for identifier renaming and prefixing, plus module inheritance.
Module inheritance is a simple and intuitive system which lets you
extend a module overriding only some identifiers, or group several
modules into a single name, or provide an abstract module which acts
only as an interface.

Extensive test suites have been added, and the documentation updated and


Common-Scheme is non-intrusive.  You can use native implementation-
specific modules from Common-Scheme code and vice versa.  If you don't
want to bother with Common-Scheme itself you can still use other
people's distributed Common-Scheme modules with no problem using your
native module system.

Common-Scheme is in the Public Domain (though modules distributed in the
peer-to-peer network may be under any license, of course).

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