Subject: Re: When to recompile/reeval?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 19 Oct 2002 21:20:58 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Don Geddis
| I've used both myself.  Just curious: would you mind listing a few
| specific features that you've found in ACL to make it "different and so
| much better" than CMUCL?

  Two things really stand out: (1) Multithreaded support directly from
  Emacs, which meant background compilation and support functions.  I
  quickly became used to running different listeners in different packages
  and even run various minor services from Emacs.  (2) The cross-reference
  facility is amazingly useful.  From Emacs, M-x fi:edit-who-calls and M-x
  fi:edit-who-is-called-by remove the need to go hunting through the
  sources files with grep and tags files.

  The arglist facility is also one of the most useful things around, but
  this is sort of a given, but the way Emacs talks to the Common Lisp
  process was so much more streamlined and integrated.

  (For a time, I hosted the ILISP mailig list, but I have not used it in
  many years.  One of the reasons I have never put LispWorks to the test is
  that their user interface is not sufficiently compatible with Emacs.)

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

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