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Re: Anniversary hack: Zile editor with Guile support

From: Ian Price
Subject: Re: Anniversary hack: Zile editor with Guile support
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 02:13:00 +0000
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"Gary V. Vaughan" <address@hidden> writes:

> Rather than byte-code to byte-code translation, I was rather thinking of 
> either:
>   1. Tweaking zlc to be capable of compiling guile scheme directly to Lua (and
>      then easily from there to Lua bytecodes); or
>   2. Running Zile with the Guile implementation of Lua, and getting Guile as
>      an extension language for free.
> The first, I can do, though it's a long time since I paid attention to Guile,
> so I'd need guidance and/or test-cases from someone familiar with it to make
> sure my implementation would be compatible with canonical Guile Scheme.

Rather than going for Scheme integration, it'd be better to target
tree-il, which is the level below it.

> The second, I was asking about because I was initially drawn to Guile during
> the era when it was being touted as a good compiler target platform to become
> a runtime for code written in any language and then translated to Guile Scheme
> before execution.  But, my impression is that this work stalled and/or failed?

I'd say stalled, rather than failed.  We haven't heard from the
"maintainer" for two years now, and I've been periodically asking around
for people to pick it up, but without any luck.  The intersection of
people interested in Guile and Lua is pretty small, it seems.

Ian Price --

"Programming is like pinball. The reward for doing it well is
the opportunity to do it again" - from "The Wizardy Compiled"

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