Subject: Re: Minimal keywords needed for constructing a full CL system
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2006 01:12:49 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Pierpaolo BERNARDI <> wrote:
| Javier <> wrote:
| > What are the strictly minimun set of Lisp commands and/or keywords that
| > are needed to recreate a complete CL system?
| > I'd like to debate this here, and got some conclusions from you experts.

That paper isn't really about a "strictly minimum set of Lisp
[special forms]", rather, it's an examination of the non-uniqueness
of any such "minimum set", and how some "basic" special forms
can be expressed in terms of others no more or less "basic".

And as I said in a parallel reply, even it doesn't do nearly a
complete job -- it just points the reader at the enormity of the
available design space within which one has to make tradeoffs and
eventually "just pick something" as the basis set for a specific

Still very much worth reading, of course...  ;-}  ;-}


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