Posts Tagged ‘Lisp’

Monthly Boston Lisp Meeting: report

March 5, 2008

Thanks to François-René Rideau (fare) for organizing last night’s inaugural Monthly Boston Lisp Meeting (Note: future meetings will apparently happen on the fourth Monday of the month.)

I’m surprised I haven’t seen reports on Planet Lisp yet, but I had an enjoyable time. I certainly didn’t meet everyone there, but did get to meet nyef (who showed off some of his fearless adventuring into bare-metal Lisp) and Brad Parker, got to see Kent Pitman in person, and a few other notables, as well as numerous ITA Lispers. Discussion was wide-ranging (I heard only a fraction of the multiple conversations going on), and some of the most interesting stuff to me was discussion about the background of Dylan and Lispers at Apple in the 1990s.

There was at least one person taking pictures; I’m sure they’ll pop up somewhere in the blogosphere.

Looking forward to more great meetings in the future!

COMFY-6502: snapshot

March 5, 2008

Even though it is hardly a finished product, I’ve posted a snapshot of my current CL conversion of COMFY-6502 Not that I expect a huge pent-up demand for the code, but it might be slightly more interesting than the output examples. Thanks to Henry Baker for allowing the release.

The page also contains a link to the TODO file describing my next steps. (Most immediately, my attempt to include JMP elision was messy enough to convince me I need a different class to represent opcodes+arguments as a unit.)

Quis custodiet ipsos…

December 18, 2007

I don’t know what this says about Lispers’ attitudes toward automated testing, or toward the RT test framework, but the commonly-distributed versions of the RT test framework did not pass their own self-tests.

The apparent cause is that the introduction of a hash-table and tail-pointer in rt.lisp to efficiently find tests by name and insert new tests at the end of the test list were not matched by the updating of the rt-test.lisp to consistently construct the miniature mock-up test suite. This diff for rt-test.lisp, introduces code to dynamically rebind those variables. The patch, in addition to one putting the self-tests into a separate package, has been applied to the HEAD of the CVS repository for GNU CLISP. Note that changing the package changes the names of the tests themselves, which requires editing the expected output in the tests.

Note how powerful and convenient the dynamic binding feature of Lisp (optional, as it should be, in Common Lisp) can be: while running the individual tests, the test procedure can effortlessly construct a sandbox in which to test out the features of the test suite, without destroying the suite of tests that is being sequenced through, and automatically restoring the state of the outer test suite as each test completes, even if the inner test throws an unexpected error—all with essentially no special effort on the part of the original programmer (except, as we see, to identify all of the state that needs to be shadowed.)