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Re: [Axiom-developer] Back again.

From: Alfredo Portes
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Back again.
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 22:39:16 -0400

Hi Stephen,

Even when I am not a contributor to Axiom and fairly new in the list,
I would like to say welcome back. I also feel that the list is more
active now than in the past year. There is a greater sense of direction.
(Thanks to everyone that is making this possible. You know who you are :-)).
I hope that this is the beginning of the creation of a much stronger community.


On 24 May 2007 21:27:36 -0400, Stephen Wilson <address@hidden> wrote:

Greetings All,

I participated in this community for a while in 2004-2005.  Simply
put, I became discouraged due to my own lack of decisiveness, and in
part due to a lack of `direction' I sensed in the community as a
whole.  I have followed this list virtually every day since that time.

I am compelled to rejoin and contribute once again.

I have set up a Git repo on axiom-developer.  Anyone with an account
should be able to pull from there via:

 git-clone ssh://<your-login>

As of this moment, this is simply a clone of silver.

My intention is to begin converting Axiom's compiler and interpreter
into Common Lisp.  I see two primary stages:

   1) Semantic translation: Converting from Boot to Lisp is not hard.
       The intention is that `connected components' of the system will
       be converted into Lisp and documented.  The documented Lisp
       will live in the Axisp repository.  I will push information I
       can glean into Boot pamphlet files and submit them for
       inclusion in Silver.

   2) Design translation: Converting from Boot to Lisp is not pretty.
      Once a `connected component' has been resolved, translated, and
      documented, I will consider the options for redesign.  My hope,
      in time, is to arrive at a clean, maintainable, and flexible

I realize that the goal of a Lisp translation runs contrary to many
opinions on this list.  My hope is that having more Boot code
documented will be seen as beneficial.  As for the Lisp rewrite, I
would love to hear from anyone who shares an interest in this


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