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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Two Remarkable JVM Dynamic Languages

Sean McGrath points to a poll on JVM dynamic languages.

Two problems. No JScheme and no SISC! These are remarkable gaps for a several reasons.

JScheme has an innovative and exceedingly easy to use integration with the Java language (Javadot notation). The dialect is not full Scheme, but represents a sufficient choice of useful features. Other innovations include support for easy web applications and easy GUI applications.

SISC is remarkable at almost the other end of the spectrum, a complete and efficient implementation of Scheme. This is a *better* than most textbook case of how to implement an interpreter (via an intermediate form, not byte code). You'd probably have to stick with one essential textbook to receive this level of education.

If you are unfamiliar with the rich differences between Java, the JVM, and full Scheme, then appreciating the feat of this implementation. SISC also includes generic methods and an object system.

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