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Re: GNU Emacs raison d'etre

From: Alexandre Garreau
Subject: Re: GNU Emacs raison d'etre
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 03:26:11 +0200

Le dimanche 9 août 2020, 19:11:33 CEST Clive Tovero a écrit :
> Personally, I side with the approach of Emacs rather than Blender.  I've
> been using Emacs since 1985 on TOPS-20.  I'm working on a set of
> extensions to Emacs do do 3D modeling without the cockpit-like
> interface of Blender.  I use "Emacs" in the general sense, and include
> MIT-Scheme's Edwin, Dylan's Deuce, CL's Portable Hemlock, or QEmacs by
> Fabrice Bellard as candidates for my system.  Someone did a video
> editing app on Emacs a number of years ago (looks like it might be
> abandoned, but waiting):
> https://gneve-webma-dev.blogspot.com/
> My summary from a private message to RMS yesterday (he keeps asking me
> to volunteer for GNU, and I am trying to do that):
>  > My project is adding extensions to Emacs to provide the functionality
> that the free software program Blender provides--but without the GUI and
> using code.  Blender is a program to model, animate, edit, and produce
> CG movies.  The models can be used for 3D printing.  It is very
> popular, and nice, but its interface looks like the cockpit of a 747. 
> I get lost among the widgets.  OpenSCAD is another similar project,
> without a GUI--but has its own modeling language.
>  > My software provides 3D model functional graphical modeling, a
> relatively new technique to express geometry with the potential
> expressiveness of the lambda calculus.  Models in my software are
> specified in Lisp (most dialects could be used), a very natural language
> for the domain.  Previous work:
>  > https://common-lisp.net/project/tovero/
>  > https://common-lisp.net/project/clive

Have you ever heard of SDFs? used in guile’s libfive and Doug Moen’s curv 
(both FP)?

This is really encouraging as something I’ve already hoped about (video 
and 3D editing within emacs).

For that matter, if emacs had more complex interfaces than stylized buffer, 
to me it would be a better browser than anything else, also (and given the 
importance of the web nowadays :/)…

I recall about Emacsy, a guile project about furnishing a standardized 
emacs-like application framework, with a minibuffer, but with what’s over 
it implementation-specific also…

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