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Date: Thu, 11 Apr 1985 02:07 EST
From: "Scott E. Fahlman" <Fahlman@CMU-CS-C.ARPA>
How will we know when a Yellow Pages exists? Presumably it's not enough
for a random person to declare that it exists and that contributions are
encouraged and will be made available to the world...
Well, we've begun to gather our locally-produced Lisp packages together
here at CMU. At present, we have not separated this into portable and
Perq-specific libraries, but we are keeping track of which things claim
to be portable and nearly portable. When this library stabilizes, it
will be the beginning of a Yellow pages. I guess it's not official
until some support organization is set up to maintain and distribute
Good news. Maybe soon I can stop grousing that I've been trying for three
years to submit something to the yellow pages.
....That would happen a lot quicker if someone were to make available a
public-domain version of LOOP (either syntax) as a starting point.
The current LOOP is public-domain, but it only runs in Maclisp-compatible
languages. Its code is also pretty ugly, since it has to stay within the least
common denominator of Maclisp. I think there is no reason why the new LOOP for
Common Lisp should not be public domain; the big question is who is going to
come up with the time and energy to write it?
I agree that the way to proceed is to create portable programs that people can
try using, rather than standardizing prematurely.