Hi all, here a short summary of our LISP meeting yesterday in Berlin (I tried to translate my german summary. Please apologise possible odds)
James Anderson, Benno Biewer, Niels Gösche, Joerg-Cyril Hoehle, Sven Köhler and i met at 5pm. James had prepared two short talks about XML and a JAVA->LISP translator.
We start with a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of XML. James shows a nice example which uses XML to allow independent development of content and look of a HTML page. He had organized a G4 powerbook and so we are able to look how it works in practice. The LISP & XML theme poped up again over the whole evening. This was obvious since James wrote CL-XML, a XML parser that simplyfies the handling of XML remarkable.
Our second major topic was a JAVA->Lisp translator developed by James (a nice point: both tools are based on an ATN parser originally developed by Benno). James demonstrated the goods and odds of automatic translation with a short example. It shows that while the translation itself works remarkable good, the result still needs some reworks due to semantic differences and (obviously) missing Java compatible libraries.
The rest of the evening was spend to a lot of small themes like "Does feature X from MCL is also available in LWW" over "What are you doing with LISP" up to "In Smalltalk it is possible to ...". In summary all themes that can better be discussed in a bar than in front of a computer monitor.
Overall, it was a great evening and we will shure meet again.
Special thanks to James who spend a lot of energy to give two excellent presentations of excellent LISP tools.