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Re: What is a lightweight language

   Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 16:42:26 -0400
   From: shivers@cc.gatech.edu

   Full Common Lisp? No, not lightweight. A simple Scheme? Definitely

It would be interesting to analyze Common Lisp and figure out the
smallest subset that you could (reasonably) create such that the rest
of Common Lisp could be provided in the form of functions and macros
build on the subset.  That is, if you factored out everything in
Common Lisp that could be considered part of the "libraries", what's

		All you need to write is a simple s-exp parser, a simple GC,
   and implementations of the "big five" basic forms:
   Scheme is a very small language! 

Is that really all you need?  What happened to call/cc?  What happened
to integers and strings and vectors?  What about "cond" and "let" and

   That's why I proposed multiple definitions of the term lightweight. I'm
   not looking for a single definition, just trying to use the term to shed
   light on things.

You could fairly ask, as I think Simon did, why I even brought up the
question.  I don't know; I guess I don't have any dogs in the fight,
as they say.  If I were going to create an event called a Lightweight
Languages Workshop, though, I'd feel a little bit uneasy if I couldn't
explain what I meant by that.