Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lisp news: cl-twit, chronicity and a window manager I discovered recently

I released a couple of CL libraries/apps in the last two months:
  1. cl-twit — A twitter client for Common Lisp, and
  2. chronicity — A natural language date and time parser for CL
Hopefully someone will find these useful.

Another thing I chanced upon in the last few weeks is Stumpwm; a tiling, keyboard driven X11 window manager written entirely in <gasp>Common Lisp</gasp>. From the Stumpwm website:
Stumpwm attempts to be customizable yet visually minimal. There are no window decorations, no icons, and no buttons. It does have various hooks to attach your personal customizations, and variables to tweak.
Intended as a successor to Ratpoison, one of the key ideas behind Stumpwm is to control everything from the keyboard i.e. mouseless window management (Rat Poison — get it?). Its radically different from what I am used to up till now, but its an intriguing way of doing things, and I will give it a shot (after all, I wasn't an Emacs fan to begin with, either). There's a Stumpwm screencast, if you are interested. Also, Bill Clementson shows why Stumpwm is to window managers as Emacs is to editors (hint: Lisp!).

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