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From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Avoid `SCM_VALIDATE_LIST ()'
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2008 23:33:25 -0300

On Sat, Sep 6, 2008 at 7:45 PM, Neil Jerram <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Well, I remember having a flamewar with RMS about language agnosticism
>>> and running emacs on GUILE about 8 years ago, and I don't think we
>>> have progressed much since then.  Extrapolating this pace,  I think
>>> it's a waste of time.
>> 8 years?? Anyway. I just mentioned things that guile-vm can do. If they
>> don't get done that means they're not important.
> I was going to write the same thing - then saw that Andy had already done so.
> People work on what interests them, in the time they have spare.  I
> know we've lost in the global scripting language competition, but I
> still find this language implementation fun.

I am not using and enhancing GUILE primarily for fun.  A large part of
the lilypond architecture in written in it, and performance problems
in GUILE often translate directly to problems in LilyPond.  The reason
I delved in the GC years ago was because lily was spending half of its
time running GUILE's GC.

I feel using GUILE has been a big mistake -especially considering the
amount of time I sank into it.  I seriously looked into moving lily to
mzscheme, but I lack the bandwidth to do that now.

I hope you can understand that I have a somewhat different basic
attitude wrt GUILE development.

Han-Wen Nienhuys - address@hidden -

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