[Ecls-list] ECL output Java bytecode?

Robert Dodier robert.dodier at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 18:08:40 UTC 2008

On Jan 14, 2008 7:12 AM, Erik Huelsmann <ehuels at gmail.com> wrote:

> Even more so: there are quite a number of people using ABCL in their
> servlets to do "the lispy stuff", indicating to me the implementation
> is quite useable. Are there any areas which are underdeveloped, as far
> as you've experienced?

I'm glad that some people find ABCL useful. As it happens, Maxima
is a large and idiosyncratic program, so it is a hard test for any
compiler. In attempting to compile Maxima with ABCL, I ran into
at least one minor bug in ABCL and at least one major bug.
After much pain and suffering I compiled all of it, but the resulting
program fails many of the tests in the Maxima test suite.
This experience is enough to put me off ABCL. Perhaps your
luck is better.

> (As a matter of fact, you could join me, because I expect to start
> using ABCL in the next months for an application I'd like to be able
> to roll out into production...)

Well, good luck to you. If you end up creating a new version of
ABCL I would be very interested to hear about it.


Robert Dodier

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