Oh my, its high up here!
I should remind myself to quote Newton. But I don't. Why? Well that's implicit. The thing is every good thought I have can probably be found in an scientific archive somewhere or in some project X out there and My whole experience is based of others efforts. That's how an open system works and that's probably a key fact to explain the technological success we have had the last centuries. So I'm blowing in the wind and we all are blowing the wind.
What I'm heading at is my clambda stuff. This stuff will be basically c morphed into a more lispy syntax. That is, there should be a mapping between C-syntax and c-lambda and when you managed to grasp that mapping the translation will be simple meaning that you can actually use the c experience. Now why this exercise? The main reason is that I want to build my own object system!! ... Just kidding, When I coded in C i just recognized that stuff I wanted that is not that hard to do in lisp is difficult in C due to the inferior pre-processor. Thats It, I wan't to add a lispy pre-processor to C,C++,Java,C#,...
I choosen the Qi flavor of lisp because, well, I think it is the best base to start from and I wanted to learn it
Now to mentally sell this stuff and have fun I would need to implement extensions to C that makes a difference e.g. with some batteries included. Ok here are some ideas,
1. Meta Object System, He he, I'm not kidding here, look at Lisp, they have actually abstracted out the action of dealing with objects in a tool that constructs object systems - this is a neat idea and why not bring that over to the C family so that everybody easily can make their own home brew object system. (Python seem to have similar system as well and you may find more examples)
2. Loop macro facilities This is what I have been discussed and worked on during some time now.
3. Static type checking Tools exists today but I would like to have better meta facilities to explore new inroads and versions of it and better integration.
4. Custom types, deduction of types. Qi Has an advanced type system, cool if we can use some of that.
5. structs vs file-systems Structs in C are a much like file system without the tools of the file system. Well Using C++ we do have the potential of a file system but it would just be a cool idea to just tighten these two metaphors together to see what it brings still keeping it light weight. The idea is that we work with the struct incrementally like in a shell we consider files, we consider directories, we don't consider content, we just manages the content structures and the metadata of the structures and at a point the struct is set in stone e.g. this is a metastuff to define data structures. Not to manage the content.
6. Different views of code If you want to study very difficult code because the problem is, difficult. The notation system is very important for your success. Long variable names and whitespace is not well suited for this. Hard stuff just demands that the patterns inside in it can be recognized and matched by your experience. For these use cases I need some tools to design the notation systems. My idea here is to use a simple notational macro facility and a tool to layout sheet cheets information well alligned in a column to the right of the code. E.g. I do not want to use tool tip technology, I want to layout the translation information well visible in a column to the right. Basically a macro is associated with it's usage, it's usage for the first time, it's usage after beeing not used for x lines of code and so on. The idea is that the definition of these macros should always be visible according to some logic
7. Transfer of Meta Information True Openness will allow users to tag their information and let these tags transfer through the system to basically do more with your data. Think of associating each byte with a meta information, have tools to define how all basic operations handle the flow of information. This framework can be used if you want to track your content, for security and so on. It is wothless for doing DRM cause the user is in power of it and this is why it is interesting </b>
He he in 10 years I will be finished with this and it will rule the world.... No, of cause that will not happen, but It is so fun blowing in the wind and what is important is progress and that my friend, is all us blowing the wind.
I'm falling, Touching ground, Over and Out