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Re: [Axiom-developer] Lisp Packages and Axiom

From: Martin Rubey
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Lisp Packages and Axiom
Date: 07 Dec 2005 19:47:21 +0100
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Dear Lispers,

I'd just would like to drop a note that in any case the Algebra should
stay/become as disconnected from Lisp as possible (and sensible).

I admit that there are some functions for which it is sensible indeed to use
the lisp functionaly, for example the representation of integers and the
like. But it should not become much more than that.

Note that the longer term goal should be to replace Spad by Aldor, and it would
be truly great if any given part of the Algebra would work just as well in the
Aldor world. Introducing more Lisp at the Algebra level would definitively be
counterproductive to this goal.

The issue might be different for the interpreter, although I doubt it.

Please don't misread this mail to imply that I'm against Lisp as the
implementation language of interpreter, compiler and environment. On the
contrary! It is *only* about the algebra level. 

A very different point is to write functionality enabling the use of existing
lisp / c / phython / whatever code as packages in Axiom, just as I did for


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