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Re: What's so cool about Scheme?

> That's impressive. Are one or more of the languages tested here:
> http://www.bagley.org/~doug/shootout/
> a flavor of Scheme? xemacs, guile maybe?

The scores page at the site you mentioned lists languages:


I spotted 3 Scheme implementations including bigloo which is one of
the top contendors.

Microbenchmarks don't seem like a very useful measure of high level
languages to me, but a shootout is always fun.

> Which Scheme would result in a smaller code base? Scheme48 is about 25K 
> lines of code. Given that the book makes no mention(I didn't see 
> anything and there's not index entry) of garbage collection, I assume 
> the code base would need to include Scheme itself for the runtime?

How many lines of code in the gcc distribution or in glibc?  I
assume a language implemented in C would use standard libraries?
What about the Java VM or the SDK libraries?  Do you count those
lines in a Java application?

- Russ