goals of LispM, etc.

Henry G. Baker hbaker@netcom.com
Thu, 1 May 1997 07:38:28 -0700 (PDT)

>   I kept scratching my head trying to figure out why you'd want to
> take C syntax and convert it into lisp. Then Fare mentioned something
> that finally made me understand you want just the opposite. You want a
> lisp subset that could be used in place of C. You want LIL! (Or
> something like it.) Then we could do all of that low level stand alone
> code in our lisp subset and use all of the power of our lisp
> developement tools on it, like macros. I get (finally!).

You need to be able to go both ways.  Sometimes you want to target the
C compiler, other times you want to target a Lisp compiler.  Many FFI's
require some ability to read .h files. etc., etc.

Henry Baker
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