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Re: future MCL

   Date: Tue, 28 Apr 92 16:50:54 -0500
   From: David Kieras <kieras@engin.umich.edu>

   I'm a LISP user working on a Mac, hoping to migrate from unix-box
   platforms.  I'm thus more interested and more concerned with
   MCL's run-time performance and support for lisp programming
   in general, rather than the support for building mac applications.
   I don't know to what extent the application-building support
   interferes with MCL's performance, but I hope it doesn't and that
   it doesn't in the future either.

   To be used as a lisp programming environment, it would be good if
   MCL had some higher-level support for some simple interface
   possibilities - e.g. a way to get a scrolling savable window that
   involved only one call, and did not have the complications of a 
   full fred window - this would make it easy to have your code put
   different things in different windows.

   Also, the support for CLIM would be extremely valuable, since I've
   seen some very impressive extremely portable code done this way.

I wonder how many of the MCL users are familiar with GARNET.  GARNET is a
public domain attempt at providing an interface development environment for
common lisp.  It runs on most common lisps that have CLX.  The GARNET folks are
currently trying to get a Macintosh port underway.  I'm just curious as to how
much interest there would be in having such a port.  Anyone?

Tom Eskridge
Computing Research Laboratory &
Computer Science Department
New Mexico State University
Box 30001/3CRL
Las Cruces, NM 88003-0001
teskridg@nmsu.edu (505) 646-6247