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by donkey
Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: SBCL 1.0.22 released
Replies: 6
Views: 8354

Re: SBCL 1.0.22 released

new feature: new commandline argument: --script, which supports
shebang lines. See documentation for details. (based on work by
Kevin Reid)
If this is what I think it is, I'm getting drunk tonight.

*a few seconds later*

Ok, I'm getting drunk
by donkey
Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:12 pm
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: IF/WHEN?
Replies: 6
Views: 7657


I'm not sure what's the "official" (i.e. accepted) convention for this, but I usually prefer IF in this case. Although would work just as well, I prefer to keep when for performing side-works that are necessary only in some cases. IF tends to make it clear that what the clause is returning really is...
by donkey
Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:11 am
Forum: Emacs
Topic: Lame topic - what about color themes?
Replies: 12
Views: 20830

Re: Lame topic - what about color themes?

I'm still looking for my perfect color theme. Clarity seems to be the way to go for me as well. I strongly advise anyone using Emacs on OS X to disable font anti-aliasing. Some of them, even Apple's Monaco (which I don't use because it looks too much like Comic Sans...) look horrible when anti-alias...
by donkey
Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:33 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: lispforums running PHP : bah !
Replies: 3
Views: 5467

Re: lispforums running PHP : bah !

I thought of that as well; the only thing that stopped me was my relative inexperience with web programming, in Lisp or otherwise. Now that I come to think of it, it would make a wonderful learning opportunity.
by donkey
Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:54 am
Forum: Emacs
Topic: API documentation format
Replies: 5
Views: 9690

Re: API documentation format

I haven't used Texinfo before, but if you haven't used it before, I'm not sure if it has any relevant advantage over TeX now. I, for one, am perfectly content with HTML documentation generated by tth or latex2html which I can browse from an Emacs session (the wonders of w3m ;) ). You may also want t...
by donkey
Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:45 am
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: To learn or not to learn, that is the question
Replies: 11
Views: 14436

Re: To learn or not to learn, that is the question

Most of what I would have answered has already been said -- so I have just two things to add: 1) One of the best uses I've had for Lisp was as a prototype tool. I haven't written anything big in Lisp (I'm working on my first seriously useful Lisp project now), but almost every program that I've work...
by donkey
Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:41 am
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: CLISP
Replies: 5
Views: 7783


There are quite certainly other advantages to learning Lisp other than the experience itself. Advantages over other languages are quite a few, depending on what the "other" language is. However, with other languages having borrowed heavily from Lisp's inheritance (Lisp is 50-year old after all...), ...
by donkey
Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:07 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Thinking Functional
Replies: 6
Views: 8933

Re: Thinking Functional

The nice thing is that Lisp is not purely functional. If you find that you're running into huge efficiency problems, then pick and choose where to break out of the functional paradigm and apply some mutation for efficiency's sake. The choice is yours. As a quick personal note -- this is what I beli...
by donkey
Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: CLOS usage
Replies: 22
Views: 28693

Re: CLOS usage

Personally, I tend not to use CLOS very often. It's not that I have some sort of a l33t spirit -- I just don't fancy object orientation for some projects. In fact, unless I absolutely require the use of OOP to make a meaningful architecture (e.g. I really need inheritance), I tend not to use it at a...
by donkey
Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:59 am
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: What are you doing in Common Lisp lately?
Replies: 26
Views: 36817

Re: What are you doing in Common Lisp lately?

In these few hours, I'm writing a program that will help me manage my tea collection (I keep tea in my own boxes, and I always forget how long I should brew them, what to sweeten them with and so on). Yea, I could just make a list, but where's the fun? I'm also making it modular, so that I can write...