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Friday, May 17th, 2019
3:21 pm
Has anyone tried reading a google spreadsheet from lisp (Allegro)? Searching produced a couple of libraries for this, and neither of them compiled cleanly (which is not where I wanted to spend my morning).
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
8:52 am
My domain lisp-book.org expires in two months (on 2017-05-07). I do not intend to renew it. The material which it serves will remain available via http://nicklevine.org/lisp-book/

If anyone wishes to inherit the domain from me and put it to better use, they should get in touch.
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
12:30 pm
Portable walker?
Does anyone know of a portable code walker that works across all the popular implementations? (I know more or less all of them have a walker buried inside their CLOS, but the interfaces to these aren't all the same. I looked at ql's hu.dwim.walker but it's not in theory available on very many implementations, and when I tried it on LW it just Didn't Work.)
Saturday, October 17th, 2015
9:37 am
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
6:51 am
Cold Comfort - for adults only

Browsing through my old LJ entries, I came across this:

Clicking on the link took me to age verification stuff. What was going on? Had someone hacked my account and dumped porn in it? Nope — nothing that sinister — it was just that I had forgotten to log in. OK, so now shall we take a look at the adult-only material that's found its way into my blog?

That's better. I always knew Red Rag was beyond the pale.

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
8:54 am
Domain going free to a good home, needs renewing in May. Get in touch if you're interested.
Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
11:56 am
Red Rag Reunion

The denizens of Reading's Only Newspaper are going to hold a reunion. How splendid.

It's next Saturday afternoon (Jan 10th), at the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading, and all the details are here (or on Facebook).

If you ever helped produce, distribute, raise money for, or consume the Rag: please come along. If you are, or ever have been (or maybe know someone who once was) living in or near Reading, or an anarchist, or alive in the 1980s, or a historian, or any combination of the above, then this is an event you won't want to miss.

Come and meet the team, before we all go off to collect our bus passes!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
2:54 pm
Brief teaching gig
If anyone knows anyone who'd be qualified and available to give a one day tutorial, in the Barcelona region, on the LispWorks development environment and in particular the debugger, could they get it touch? Thanks.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
4:05 pm
ILC 2014

I counted about sixty people in the hall — really not very many for an ILC where one might typically hope for twice that. I didn't see anyone from the CL vendors, hardly anyone from any of the other CL implementations, few people I knew from previous outings, indeed really not many of the "usual suspects" at all. But note that some of this works two ways: I could equally be upbeat and say there wasn't much overlap between Montreal and the recent ELS in Paris: this conference had netted a different audience, which is fine.

My only fault with the program was that there wasn't enough of it. For an ILC there really should be enough material to fill four days. At two and a half, this gig felt like one of the European local meetings, translocated.

As for the presentations: the one that left me totally gaping in amazement was the lightning talk from a 14 year old (sorry kid, I didn't make a note of your name) who'd implemented his own lisp dialect along with embedded image processing and all manner of other bells and whistles. Of the named speakers, I should mention: Dave Cooper's hands-on Gendl tutorial; Christian Queinnec's Small (but Massive) Open Online Course; François-René Rideau's CL scripting; Dave Penkler's amalgam of LISP 1.5 and APL\360; and Robert Strandh's SICL implementation notes. All that time we spent building bigger and better caches is now just history.

My own (co-)talk about work on an NLP project went OK (I think). Judging by the questions, the audience found Michael Young's social science side much more interesting than my comments about the lisp, and I'm not going to disagree with them.

So for two and a half days, some part of the lisp community had come face-to-face. We presented and listened to the talks, we drank the coffee and ate the food, we explored Montreal from below. And when it was all over we all went away again, back to our separate corners. I think the next "lisp community" meet will be European Lisp Symposium 2015, in London next April / May. I mention this "community" idea, because it came up in the panel on the last day, and it's an interesting thought to mull over: is there one? (or more than one?) should there be one? and if you had it in front of you what would you do with it?

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
8:35 am
I'm arriving on Tuesday. Will anyone else be around before the lisp conference starts, and are they interested in a little touristing / dining experiences?
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
9:17 am
Our Sad Duty

Letter dated July 23rd1987:

It is our sad duty to inform you of the demise of Red Rag. After many tribulations (but no trials), it finally faded from insignificance into non-existence sometime early this summer. Owing to the absence of any corpse, there will be no post-mortem.

The relieved collective met last night to wind up loose ends.

Despite a long tradition, Red Rag was not in debt (we think). So the collective decided to return a portion of subscribers recent money (if you find a cheque enclosed, this applies to you).

For those of you with standing orders, please cancel them immediately unless you wish to become an unrecognised subsidiser of the Co-op Bank.

After outstanding bills are paid, any money left over will be spent on a wake for any friends or relatives of the deceased. It will be sometime in the Autumn, probably the first weekend in October.

As complete an archive as possible is being assembled by James, so deluge him with any old copies, minutes or memorabilia... "Box 79" is to be recycled and the bank account closed.

There will of course still be collective meetings, the next one is on August the 5th, but we do promise that we will not produce any more issues of Red Rag.

On behalf of the collective,

Genghis and Diogenes

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
2:37 pm
International Lisp Conference, Montréal
(Updated) Program and registration details of next month's International Lisp Conference can now be found at http://international-lisp-conference.org/. Note the changed dates; note that the deadline for early registration is July 14.
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
7:12 pm
Moving to Spain

I've taken up a position with RavenPack, and so my 14 years at Ravenbrook come to an end. I'm sorry to be leaving, but I hadn't been able to generate anywhere enough income recently and something had to change. I've never worked anywhere for so long, and although the dips in available work sometimes made life very stressy I've also been very happy there. If you ever need someone to help you increase the value of the software industry to society, this is the place to look.

A job! Lisp! The lean times are over! This is all very exciting.

RavenPack are based in Marbella. We'd been wondering for some time whether we would ever get around to leaving Cambridge, and it turns out now that the answer is "yes". But it's all going to be very strange. My name badge might not be changing by very much, but there's no mistaking either consulting for full-time employment, or the Fens for the Costa del Sol.

We'll be staying somewhere temporary over the summer, and then when the tourists have gone home we'll find somewhere to live which has space for visitors. Enough said.

PS: leaving do probably Saturday July 12th

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
8:12 am
Was it any good?
In the June 2nd 1987 issue of Red Rag: Thatcher's second term draws to a close. So prepare for the "Festival Season", highpoint of which is the solstice bash at Stonehenge, as seen on TV. Or for National "Marking The Routes Day", when people all over the country will mark the routes of nuclear convoys. Help Reading Community Farm Project establish a city farm. Go watch films at the Hexagon, which boasts Dolby sound and Reading's biggest screen. Or maybe you could write a piece for the Rag?

No copy means no Red Rag, so it's up to you. There are lots of people who claim to work in a collective way, so it's startling that so few seem to apply this to their fortnightly Rag.

Monday, May 26th, 2014
2:33 pm
Wukix? I think this one's for you.

From: "Daniel" <miller.app.packs.services@gmail.com>
Subject: Planet Lisp
To: ndl@ravenbrook.com
Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 15:21:37 +0200

Hello Wukix, Inc.,

I would very much like to work with you on your app Planet Lisp.

Lots of developers have worked with me before on a wide range of
projects. Better rankings can be achieved for almost any app.
Monday, May 19th, 2014
12:54 pm
Trash The Claimants
In the May 19th 1987 issue of Red Rag: Not much news this time, but a vacancy for a Red Rag co-ordinator. How long can they keep this up? Bosses in Bracknell for example are refusing to touch the MSC's new "Job Training Scheme" with a bargepole, partly because they're no doubt afraid of catching something nasty off the town's 3000-strong mob of claimants; the Anti-Apartheid organises a National Sponsored Cycle Ride for Nelson Mandela's 69th birthday; the Conspiracy Tape hits the streets; and what are the chances of Mrs Thatcher not winning next month's general election? [cover]
Monday, May 5th, 2014
9:54 pm

CLAUDE (the Common Lisp Library Audience Expansion Toolkit) exports libraries written in Common Lisp, so that applications being developed in other languages can access them. CLAUDE co-operates with foreign runtimes in the management of CLOS objects, records, arrays and more primitive types. Lisp macros make the task of exporting a library simple and elegant; template documentation along with C headers and sample code files relieve some of the burden of explaining such exports to the application programmer.

CLAUDE-SETUP configures CLAUDE for your library.

Rapid Example

(defclass-external frob () ()) (defun-external (new-frob :result-type object) () (make-instance 'frob))

and then in Python...

>>> claude.Frob() <Claude Frob handle=0x200538b0> >>>

Take a Closer Look

9:51 pm
Live and Direct
In the May 5th 1987 issue of Red Rag: the only independent telephone system in Britain other than British Telecom is in Hull, where the telephones are run by the local council; while BP lost 50,000 jobs, Hull has a policy of retraining employees displaced by new technology; it is cheaper to subscribe to than BT and far more efficient in its service. Radio 210 reports that local anarchists have prepared posters, leaflets and stickers as part of a "Don't Vote" campaign; but you should vote for the SDP-Liberal Alliance because David Owen wants power and if we help him, perhaps he will throw us a few crumbs once he has leapt into partnership with the Tories; and the Rag has a recurring inability to decide exactly what is or isn't folk music. [cover]
Monday, April 21st, 2014
8:22 pm
Worked To Death
In the April 21st 1987 issue of Red Rag: a spate of suicides hits defence trade computer experts in the Reading area; a new pressure group encourages councils to enforce the laws concerning estate agents boards advertising houses for sale; the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has kept secret more than 250 reports of breakdowns at nuclear power stations; it takes twelve people to hold a riot, three for violent disorder, but only one for affray; along with Yuppies, Young Upwardly Mobile Persons and Dinkies, Dual Income No Kids there are now Yummies, the Young Upwardly Mobile Marxists; and Caversham has a plague of rhinoceroses. [cover]
Monday, April 14th, 2014
1:20 pm
I'm looking for work

I've been an enthusiastic Common Lisp implementor, developer and advocate for over 25 years, in particular with ten years at Harlequin and more recently as a consultant for Ravenbrook. I've worked with various lisps on a range of projects, from servers and GUI applications down to the LispWorks garbage collector. Most of the software I've written doesn't belong to me and so I can't publish it, but you'll find links to some of the libraries I've worked on here, along with a few papers that I've authored.

My full CV is here.

Working with Ravenbrook makes me part of a team. We're highly qualified mathematicians and computer scientists, we have a lot of lisp experience, and between us we can cover a lot of ground. So if what you need is (for instance) a temporary need for more weight on one of your projects, please come to us. If we can't help then we'll put you in touch with people who can.


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