[toronto-lisp] Fwd: Development helpers

Aleksandar Matijaca amatijaca at gmail.com
Thu Oct 7 02:47:53 UTC 2010

Hi there,

first of all Paul and Dave, thanks for replying!!  The question can perhaps
be best explained
with an example:

repl=> (defun doit-3 (x)
(* 3 x))
repl=> '(some more cool stuff)
repl=>'(and more and more)

i keep testing and playing around with functions
more and more

I can certainly run my doit-3 function

repl=>(doit-3 4)

and now, I say to myself, - how the heck did I write that doit-3, I forgot,
I wrote it 20 minutes ago, it obviously exists inside REPL because I can
execute it...
So, how do I view [dump??] the contents of doit-3 to the screen, or to a
file on the
disk, so I can invoke an editor and modify doit-3 and then reload it??

I am just interested in learning how to be more productive in a standard
development cycle.

Thanks, Alex.

On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 4:59 PM, Paul Tarvydas <
tarvydas at visualframeworksinc.com> wrote:

> > Hi there,
> >
> > A bit of a noob question - let's say that I have an interactive Repl
> > session that has been going on for about an hour or so, and all of a
> > sudden I wish to modify a defun I wrote a while ago. What is the
> > easiest way first to show that code on the console, modify it, and
> > load it back into Repl ?
> >
> > I am just trying to come up with a comfortable development environment
> > for myself.
> There is something called "(dribble)" which records a transcript of your
> session.  I've never used it.
> With LW, I typically use the editor to type into a file (buffer) and
> compile-load the buffer, or ^E one form or defun.  Undo can get you back to
> an earlier state.  I find that if I'm experimenting, I do it a function at a
> time, until I'm happy with it, so I never have to go back a full hour.
> I take it that most free lisp users use emacs+slime.  You split the emacs
> window into two, one half shows your edit buffer, the other shows a lisp
> interaction.  A keystroke sends your current form to the interaction and you
> see the result in the interaction buffer.
> pt
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