Forum: Ruby Heist 0.2.0, now with full list support

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James C. (Guest)
on 2009-04-02 22:46
(Received via mailing list)
Hi all,

I just released the 0.2.0 version of Heist, my Ruby Scheme runtime.
Changes
in this release include:

* Entirely revised to correctly support lists as linked pairs
* Complete set of R5RS list functions
* Syntax for dotted pairs and improper lists implemented
* Rest-args for functions using dot notation
* Almost-complete R5RS numeric library, including complexes and
rationals
* Some parser bugs regarding literals and quoting fixed
* Many macro parsing and expansion bugs fixed, esp. concerning nested
repeating patterns
* Macro keywords and collisions with local variables now follow the spec
* R6RS ellipsis escaping feature -- (... ...) -- implemented
* All library syntax now implemented as macros, should all support
call/cc
* Ruby data can now be executed as Scheme code
* Lots of inline documentation for the runtime

More information on GitHub and my blog:

http://github.com/jcoglan/heist
http://blog.jcoglan.com/2009/04/02/april-fool-area...

Of particular interest to me is the Ruby-data-as-Scheme-code feature,
for
example:

scheme = Heist::Runtime.new

scheme.exec [:define, [:square, :x],
              [:*, :x, :x]]

scheme.exec [:square, 9]
#=> 81

Once I've settled on a nice way to expose the macro system to Ruby, this
could be used with ParseTree to rewrite Ruby code, like raganwald's
'rewrite' gem. Also, there's a possibility for someone to write a new
Ruby
interpreter by taking ParseTree and adding a new set of built-in
functions
to the Heist runtime to execute its output. If someone has a serious
stab at
this I'd love to see the results.
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