August 05, 2005
Summer of Lisp Status

joan bennett

Heow Eide-Goodman emailed the Lisp Summer of Code mailing list last week with a status report on the various projects. I've reformatted his message below (the summeroflisp-discuss archives are available only to subscribers, and actually I'm a subscriber and I still can't seem to log in).

Is there a specific end date for the Summer of code?

Update: Luís Oliveira says the deadline is September 1. And Planet SoC aggregates a few Summer of Code blogs (there are many more project-specific SoC aggregators).

Gene-Ontology Database

Is "practically complete"! Being hosted on, Marco and Samantha are now creating the documentation []

Fetter-FFI and HelloC-FFI

Rayiner and Luis are working hard and Luis has been making especially good progress.

Axiom UI

From the mouth of Kai:

I wrote some Lisp code (using cl-ppcre and cl-yacc) to convert some LaTeX-like hypertext language to XHTML. I also started writing an Emacs mode for interaction with the new Axiom GUI code. Eventually it will support plots and TeX-rendering of formulas, but right now it doesn't do anything beyond offering basic access to the Axiom GUI back-end.

I will now flesh out the GUI back-end, write some Javascript to connect Firefox to the back-end and change Axiom itself to send all output to the back-end, possibly with some markup to make parsing easier. Once that works (in two weeks maybe) I'll start making it all beautiful and user-friendly.

Tim is happy with Kai's progress and work.

Plt Stepper

John Clements does not have much to show as he's currently between houses. From what he's mentioned, he'll probably end up modifying the UI quite a bit and he expects to have something to show in the next iteration.


Eric Lavigne has been tearing up the ErLisp mailing list and working closely with it's creator Dirk Gerrits and mentor Faré.

They're sort of at a crossroads in regards to choosing which core features to add such as process-linking and error-handling, or work on issues that are most interesting to potential new Erlisp users.

Lots of good stuff going on and this is a good problem to have. :-)

Lisp Sockets

William Bendick isn't going as quickly as he'd like, but should have a library good enough to make public and have people tear apart within a week or so.

Slime Stepper

I don't think I heard from Svein Ove Aas this week, but last report was that his stepper interface that works with SBCL has been completed and a patch submitted. Working on CLisp and MCL next.


Corey Sweeney wrote a checker for his first proposal for the connection interface. and started porting spgsql to my new proposal so people will be able to see it in action when they comment. Right now the connection part works fine, next comes the access part.

However he fears that the spgsql driver needs to be rewritten to make it portable to other schemes.

- Heow

Posted by jjwiseman at August 05, 2005 01:03 PM

I see no message from Svein Ove Aas to slime or sbcl mailing lists since 2005-07-05. So I don't know about whether the slime stepper is completed and works with SBCL, but as far as patch submissions go, I can't see any.

Posted by: Christophe Rhodes on August 6, 2005 12:52 AM

The deadline for the SoC projects is September 1st.

Posted by: Luís Oliveira on August 6, 2005 06:44 AM

Nice pic.

Posted by: Rick Hanson on August 6, 2005 09:52 AM

CL-GODB has been officially released on


Posted by: Marco Antoniotti on August 15, 2005 03:18 PM
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