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MCL 5.2 - Macintosh Common Lisp
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CJ Miller



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:05 am    Post subject: MCL 5.2 - Macintosh Common Lisp
Subject description: now open sourced!
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Most of us have experienced many benefits because of Apple's move from their older OS to the UNIX-like OS X. The company DigiTool, who have developed Macintosh Common Lisp for the past 15 years or so, have had a hard time of it. Their MCL was the only full-featured LISP environment in the Mac world. But then most UNIX/Linux/BSD LISPs could be made to work for free. Besides this, updating the code for OS X, and 64-bit, and now intel processors has been just too much work for their resources. So DigiTool are calling it quits, and their final version, MCL 5.2, is now open source.

It runs, if I am not mistaken, on OS 10.3 or better, PPC, 32-bits. Has hooks into the whole system, so one can use LISP to manipulate the Obj-C of Mac OS. There's lots of old MCL code out there to play with. It has been used in many music projects - from Tod Machover's hyperinstruments, to CCRMAs Common Music, Common Lisp Music, and Common Music Notation, David Cope's "Experiments in Musical Intelligence", and (my fave!) IRCAMs OpenMusic. And is still considered by many to be one of the best LISP environments ever.

ftp://ftp.clozure.com/pub/MCL/MCL-5.2-Final.dmg
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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I agree! It will be fun to play with, once I've got a few months of other things underway. I wonder if they are going to release the older versions and CLOS. There are lots of odds and ends which make up the full CD release. I used to have access to MCL 4.2 and I thought it was a lot of fun. I am a n00b but it was fun to learn by manipulating the MacOS toolbox.

And this hopefully means I can compile OpenMusic 5.2, which was just released a few months ago! I love OM. Just waiting for the new LibAudioStream framework.
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