jonathon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
| > few attempts fail. I then took a broad shallow approach and started
| > using the language for small to medium projects. I then found it
| What's a good example of small to medium projects that are suited to
| Lisp? I don't think it would be wise to jump right into GUI apps, but
| at the same time, are there practical console apps that would be good
| to start with?
I had used Scheme for some years before switching to Common
Lisp, but my first major app in Common Lisp was was a web-based
front-end to a "contact information" database for a non-profit.
I used Apache + CMUCL + PostgreSQL. In CMUCL, I used Tim Bradshaw's
HTOUT to generate the HTML [though CL-WHO or maybe others
(see <http://www.cliki.net/Web>) would have worked] and Eric
Marsden's PG (see <http://www.cliki.net/database>) to talk to
the database. Lisp was a real win for this.
If you do decide on doing a web app, you should also look at
"mod_lisp" and "cl-modlisp" (see CLiki "Web" topic, above) for
doing the Apache to Common Lisp interface. [I *didn't* use it,
for organizational reasons (I didn't control the Apache server),
but I used a very similar Apache-to-CL protocol style.]
Even if you don't do something that complex, certainly look
at using CL to write simple web-based apps. A web browser
is certainly simplest GUI to get going! ;-} ;-} A small
example is at <http://rpw3.org/hacks/lisp/appsrv-demo.lhp>.
| When I started Python, I wrote a backup program (console) and a
| checkbook program (gtk). Then I started porting the app from work,
| which was much more complex, of course.
Well, I also do a lot of small/tiny/toy "scripting" in Lisp,
e.g.: a CLX-based "sysmeter" clone (works in both CMUCL & CLISP),
a random filename generator (for coming up with high-entropy
passwords and obfuscated URLs), a "ketogenic ratio" calculator
(helps with a low-carb diet):
$ keto 8 6 14 # almonds
grams: protein 8 carb 6 fat 14
ketogenic ratio: 1.3890784
total calories: 182
I prefer it to Perl since I can still *read* it six months later! ;-}
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