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X-windows, CLX interface for MCL?
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- Subject: X-windows, CLX interface for MCL?
- From: Dan Cerys <cerys@BBN.COM>
- Date: Sat, 25 Jan 92 22:44:14 EST
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- In-reply-to: Mick O'Donnell's message of 25 Jan 92 04:43:55 GMT <email@example.com>
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From: Mick O'Donnell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 25 Jan 92 04:43:55 GMT
Anyone know of a CLX (Common lisp X-windows standard) interface for
MCL. We want similar commands for our Sun Common Lisp and MAC lisp
Do you really want to run using X windows on the Mac (esp for local
applications)? You probably wouldn't be happy with it's performance. CLX
is the low-level CL interface to X windows, great for implementing toolkits
on top of X, but it's nothing an application guy would want to spend a lot
of time with. There are some excellent portable Common Lisp toolkits out
there, some of which rely on CLX as a substrate. I'd encourage you to take
a look at CLIM, since it has commercial implementations available on both
Lucid and MCL. CLIM uses whatever window system(s) that may be available:
X on Lucid, and QuickDraw (and potentially X) on the Mac.
CLX Details, in case: CLX is a very portable Common Lisp interface to X
Windows. It's basically all vanilla CL that will run on anything. The one
implementation detail it requires is some kind of way of opening a stream
interface to an X server. The MCL support for this isn't in the distributed
version of CLX, but it should be a simple task using the mactcp interface
to MCL. Please share the code if you do it. CLX lives in the standard X
distribution from MIT or can be FTP'd from export.lcs.mit.edu.