two co-existing projects
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 13:16:35 -0700
>Subject: two co-existing projects
>Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 15:25:29 -0400
>From: Richard Coleman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Ok... so it seems the list has (more or less) divided into two
>camps. I would hate to see the momentum in the list be killed
>because we can never organize ourselves behind a common theme.
>But since there seems to be plenty of interest here, I believe
>we could have to co-existing projects that would complement
>each other nicely.
>I believe we need to start talking about specific projects and
>organize along those lines. I'm proposing that the following
>two projects proceed in parallel.
>1) Group 1 develop a high level virtual machine tailored
> to dynamic languages in general, and lisp/scheme in
> particular. It would support web or agent based computing,
> and allow some form of JIT translation of Java (without
> necessarily needing to be a superset of the JVM).
>2) Group 2 would begin development of a running lispOS. Using
> an existing virtual machine based Common Lisp implemetation,
> they would strap this directly on the new version of the
> Flux toolkit (due in May). This group would track Group 1,
> and evolve the lispOS to support the virtual machine developed
> by the previous group.
Well, I guess I'm in the third camp that wants a native PC based
system that's tailored to run LISP, not Smalltalk, not ML, not JAVA.
If someone wants to write emulators for those things in Lisp, fine. I
believe that yet another universal VM is neither a relevant nor useful