[plt-scheme] [ANN] Heist: a Scheme interpreter in Ruby

From: Sam Phillips (samdphillips at gmail.com)
Date: Mon Aug 3 14:32:41 EDT 2009

On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 7:36 PM, Matthias Felleisen<matthias at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
> And while I am writing an email to you: Olin Shivers is on
> the record saying that "you can write a Scheme interpreter in
> an afternoon, but you may spend a life-time maintaining it."
> What he really meant is that writing an interpreter for
> Scheme is really a trivial task. If you know EOPL or PLAI
> you design the interpreter and derive the abstract machine
> for your favorite language during the day time and you will
> write the run-time library during night time (assuming the
> language is GCed). But then people will start using your
> silly little interpreter, and before you know it, you have
> a bug database and you want to please those people and ...
> life's up. Got to go.

This explains the Scheme in X implementations I've got littering my
home directory, that have never
been released.



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