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Slisp: A Flexible Software Toolkit for Hybrid, Embedded and Distributed Applications

Brinkley, James F and Prothero, J. S. (1997) Slisp: A Flexible Software Toolkit for Hybrid, Embedded and Distributed Applications. Software -- Practice and Experience 27(1):pp. 33-48.

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Abstract

We describe Slisp (pronounced ‘Ess-Lisp’), a hybrid Lisp–C programming toolkit for the development of scriptable and distributed applications. Computationally expensive operations implemented as separate C-coded modules are selectively compiled into a small Xlisp interpreter, then called as Lisp functions in a Lisp-coded program. The resulting hybrid program may run in several modes: as a stand-alone executable, embedded in a different C program, as a networked server accessed from another Slisp client, or as a networked server accessed from a C-coded client. Five years of experience with Slisp, as well experience with other scripting languages such as Tcl and Perl, are summarized. These experiences suggest that Slisp will be most useful for mid-sized applications in which the kinds of scripting and embeddability features provided by Tcl and Perl can be extended in an efficient manner to larger applications, while maintaining a well-defined standard (Common Lisp) for these extensions. In addition, the generality of Lisp makes Lisp a good candidate for an application-level communication language in distributed environments.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:atlas96|brain95|braincr96|computer systems software|exploratory programming|kaz96|lisp|nihcv|sig|da99 braincr02
Subjects:SIG Publications
ID Code:20
Deposited By:Hinshaw, Kevin
Deposited On:01 May 2003