Christopher Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
| CLISP is free, and plays well enough on Unix and Windows, but has the
| huge demerit that it is rather painful to add additional APIs to it in
| any fashion that you'd hope would be portable.
| I'm sure you can get something quasi-working with CLISP that would be
| quasi-portable; I would NOT be confident that it would scale nicely if
| you wanted to expand your use to Do Tough Stuff.
| I'd feel slightly more confident about the interfaces for CMU/CL that
| talk to PostgreSQL, but that has the dual demerits that:
| a) You asked for MySQL, and
| b) CMU/CL is really "Unix-only."
The real enabler here would be using PostgreSQL instead of MySQL, since
Eric Marsden's "pg.lisp" (see <URL:http://www.chez.com/emarsden/downloads/>)
works very nicely in both CMUCL & CLISP, and is pure Lisp code -- no FFI
hackery needed. [Though it does have a couple of feature tests in it here
and there to address various CL implementation oddities and to access the
non-standard but nearly-universal socket APIs...]
 Some would encourage you to use PostgreSQL instead of MySQL *anyway*,
for reasons having nothing to do with Lisp, but that's verging towards
being off-topic (and potentially inciting a flame war) so let's just
leave it at that.
Rob Warnock, PP-ASEL-IA <email@example.com>
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