paper aims to demonstrate that it is possible for
a language with a rich, conventional syntax to provide Lisp-style macro
power and simplicity. We describe a macro system and syntax manipulation
toolkit designed for the Dylan programming language that meets, and in some
areas exceeds, this standard. The debt to Lisp is great, however, since
although Dylan has a conventional algebraic syntax, the approach taken to
describe and represent that syntax is distinctly Lisp-like in philosophy.
to Dylan's rewrite-rule only macro system plus a proposed procedural macro
system. The rewrite-rule only extensions are available in fundev
but the procedural macros are still unavailable.
further power Dylan macros.
Bachrach and Keith Playford
Functional Objects, and MIT