August 11, 2020

Restoring Medley Interlisp: running well on modern systems

at Interlisp.org

and on GitHub (and see issue list)

It's great to work with old friends, as if 30 years hadn't passed. 

We have a lispcore@googlegroups.com and interlisp@googlegroups.com mailing lists and weekly zoom calls.

Using old code feels like driving a vintage car. The quirks are more noticeable. I'm hoping we can smooth some of the rough edges of using it on different platforms and also bringing up some of the applications built in Interlisp. 

Shown running on a $60 Raspberry Pi (lower left) about 50 times faster than a 1982 Dorado.

2 comments:

  1. Flashback - used UCI Lisp on a DEC-10 and DEC-20 for school projects. Later read about fancy things done in InterLisp (in SIGPLAN?) and excessive memory footprint - now microscopic.

    Not sure what path you are taking, but compiling to Javascript in a web browser might make most sense, in one sense. (Bit surreal though.)

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    1. You might be amused by this! Maclisp, largely redone in Javascript.

      It's on my far back burner since the start of the pandemic tho.

      Surreal is a good description.

      https://observablehq.com/@bobkerns/maclisp

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Restoring Medley Interlisp: running well on modern systems

at Interlisp.org and on GitHub (and see issue list ) It's great to work with old friends, as if 30 years hadn't passed.  We have a...