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Re: [Axiom-developer] Lisp GUI libraries and a UI for Axiom

From: root
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Lisp GUI libraries and a UI for Axiom
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 11:45:48 -0400

> I do not see any reason why a GUI for Axiom has to be written in
> Lisp. Why not write a GUI for Axiom in Python or Java or C++? Why does
> every GUI have to be portable? Why should there be only one GUI or
> even a canonical GUI anyway?

Perhaps I wasn't clear. I am not trying to create any kind of GUI.
I'm trying to make a portable front end for the graphics code.

My experience with many years of porting, which makes up probably
half of my career, is that C programs are probably the least portable.
This is especially true of C programs that draw lines.

Lisp programs are amazingly portable. It took all of 5 minutes to move
my work project (a 20k+ line lisp porgram) from Linux to Windows. 

I'm looking for a way to draw a colored line in a window on all of
the existing platforms from Lisp. Given this I can re-implement the
graphics portion of Axiom and make it run everywhere.

I need a lisp program that can open a window on Linux and Windows
and draw a colored line using common code. Surely this must be possible.


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