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2012-04-10

Time to revisit Wilbur, part 2

I am happy to say that after I blogged about a Wilbur "redux", several people have already contacted me about the idea.

Now I have been thinking mostly what existing software I could use in the reimplementation. Last few years, many good quality libraries for Common Lisp have emerged. Here's my current thinking about the most critical bits:

Many other libraries also under consideration (URIs/URLs, EXIF metadata extraction, JSON, etc.).

On a slightly different topic, someone suggested I should consider reimplementing Wilbur in Clojure. Certainly then the availability of libraries would not be a problem.

Posted by ora at 20:24

Comments

Regarding the Clojure option... My first impression was not so positive. Specially after I have had to deal with the Java stack trace:

http://lisp-univ-etc.blogspot.com.br/2011/11/clojure-complexity.html

In the comments:

"...Regarding stacktrace, I'm talking about the level of interleaving. SBCL is implemented in C, but you don't see C stack, when you encounter an error in your Lisp code. In Clojure you actually deal with Java stacktrace not only as an implementation, but as a concept..."

But it is an idea, probably worth to be tested!

Best. Alexandre

Posted by: Alexandre Rademaker at April 10, 2012 10:30 PM

Valid point, I was worried about that.

Also, I have (uh oh) close to 30 years of CL experience, and only just started learning about Clojure...

Posted by: Ora Lassila at April 11, 2012 09:48 AM