[armedbear-devel] newbie question

Alessio Stalla alessiostalla at gmail.com
Wed Feb 16 10:16:25 UTC 2011

On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM, Lukas Georgieff
<lukas.georgieff at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am new to ABCL and have a question to it's capabilities:
> My goal is to load an exsting part of a system coded in lisp into Java and
> to use the lisp code as basic library for a java application.
> Currently my approach is to load the lisp code with:
> Interpreter interpreter = Interpreter.createInstance();
> interpreter.eval("(load \"my-lisp-code.lisp\")");
> ...
> So the lisp code must be present in the project every time it is running.
> Is there any chance to translate the lisp code to a Java source file by
> using ABCL? So it would not be necessary to provide the lisp code in the
> java application after it is translated once.

Hello Lukas,

ABCL does not translate Lisp source to Java source; you can compile
your Lisp code to JVM bytecode, but you'll still have to load it with
(load "my-compiled-code.abcl"), because only functions are compiled to
classes, not top-level forms. You can provide a Java facade over the
Lisp code/library, so that the API user is unaware of Lisp; but you'll
have to do it yourself.

One improvement that we eventually want to implement (actually, to
restore and improve) is the ability for ABCL to generate a Java class
with methods implemented in Lisp (more or less what Clojure does with
gen-class, if you know it). With that feature, you'll still have to
bundle your Lisp code with the Java application, but the loading of
your code could be handled by the generated class.

Keep in mind that you can bundle your Lisp code as resources inside
the Jar of your application, so the end user won't see any extra

Kind regards,

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