November 07, 2003
Translators Found

possibly insincere
seen in nyc

Pete Norvig found some old Dylan code for converting lisp to Dylan [via lambda the ultimate]. I produce Dylan code with nice indentation, to any specified column width, just by converting Lisp to a parse-tree syntax that is equivalent to Dylan, and then writing pretty-print directives for the parse-trees. All the rest is handled automatically.

As I told swm, haahr, and jrb, finding this old code made me feel like Dorothy waking up from her dream: “And you were in it, and you, and you. Some of it was beautiful, but most of it ...” well, most of it didn't turn out the way we hoped back in 1994-95.

The section on conversion pitfalls is interesting, even if it's just to put the code in a historical context (“we are waiting for the procedural macros to be defined”, the location of sin and cos wasn't yet specified).

Then, via dnm, is the news that Zeta-C, Scott Burson's C-to-Lisp translator/compiler for lisp machines, is now public domain.

Posted by jjwiseman at November 07, 2003 09:17 AM

"My phone number has been changed to..." is clearly a new type of marketing. Saw something the other day about Sony hiring couples to ask strangers on the streets of NYC "will you take our picture?" I forget the term of the new marketing style. Pretty annoying.

Posted by: foo on November 7, 2003 12:43 PM

Viral? Anyway, I'm sure this is someone's idea of humor/art.

I totally can't believe that the phone number shown doesn't appear in Google at all.

Posted by: John Wiseman on November 7, 2003 01:30 PM

Oh, but it does appear in google...

Posted by: Zach Beane on November 10, 2003 11:24 AM

Sure, *now* it does.

Posted by: John Wiseman on November 10, 2003 11:30 AM
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