Subject: Re: Free Lisp-Interpreter
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: 1997/03/10
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <5g02n9$>

Cyber Surfer <> wrote:
| In other words, "start up" metrics are only of interest to people who 
| still think they're using a batch environment.

Or are using a system such as Unix in which "processes" are considered
to be composable elements of tasks. I wonder how you would deal with
the notion of, say, CGI-BIN scripts if the HTTP server and the CGI-BIN
interpreter/compiled-language were *not* [for whatever reason] the same
memory image or even written in the same language?

It is for applications like this -- as well as writing other "small"
scripts (and/or compiled programs) intended to be used in Unix pipes --
that I am concerned about start-up time.

Unfortunately, I see it as a fact(?) of the marketplace that if in order
to be useful a Lisp system has to take over *all* the applications of that
system, nobody will buy it. Conversely, if Lisp-based software can displace
this little piece and that little piece, then pretty soon...


Rob Warnock, 7L-551
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