Juergen Lorenz

ju (at) jugilo (dot) de

I am a mathematician and a member of the "small is beautiful" crowd. And R5RS-Scheme is the definite example, that a small language is possible which allows one to do almost everything with it. And that in a clear syntax -- or should I better say -- with almost no syntax at all? And it is a programmable programming language! You can always add new syntax to it.

In my mind, Chicken is the best Scheme implementation. Its compiler compiles to C in the most ingenious way, it has the simplest interface to C, and it has a beautiful infrastructure, the eggs system, a helpful community and, and, and ...

Eggs

bindings

A light-weight alternative to the matchable egg, with many enhancements.

A number of binding macros is provided, which can destructure arbitrary mixtures of lists, pseudolists, vectors and strings, as well as arbitrary sequence types, the client may add later. The most important one is bind, a variant of Common Lisp's destructuring-bind.

As an application, macros are provided, which facilitate the writing of hygienic procedural macros, in particular a hygienic version of define-macro.

multi-methods

Implements a variant of generic functions, where arguments are checked against predicates to choose a matching procedure which is eventually invoked. A destinctive feature of this implementation is, that the client has complete control over the multi-methods state, a search tree, and can decide where to insert a procedure to be eventually invoked, so that more specific procedures are found before less specific ones. Hence, multi-methods can be used to implement OOP. But note, that dispatching is done on all arguments, not only the first one, as in traditional OOP-implementations.

anaphora

Anaphoric macros, which are unhygienic by design. Most of them insert the special identifier "it" behind the scene.

loops

Some simple loop macros.

tuples

Something like immutable random-access vectors, with empty, couples and triples as special cases, and mutable singles as a possible replacement of boxes.

cells

Simple implementation of the cell datatype, a lightweight variant of boxes.

typed-lists

a functor implementation of typed and immutable lists and sets.

arrays

An implementation of functional arrays and - as an application - of sets.

lazy-lists

lazy list implementation based on Moritz Heidkamp's lazy-seq. Contrary to Moritz' implementation, the lazy-list's length is stored in the datastructure, so that a distinction between finite and infinite lazy lists can be made.

treaps

A functional interface to Oleg Kiselyov's and Ivan Raikov's treap egg.

skiplists

An alternative to balanced search-trees.

random-access-lists

combine the advantages of linked lists (fast insert and remove) and vectors (fast access).

simple-tests

Some simple macros and commands which help debugging and testing.

continuations

Syntactic sugar for Marc Feeley's continuation interface providing i.a. catch and throw

simple-exceptions

An easy to use exception wrapper around chicken's condition system.

options

A variant of ML's option datatype, implemented as a functor producing typed modules and an untyped module.

dbc

An implementation of "Design by Contract", coined by Bertrand Meyer for his Eiffel language.

yasos

A Chicken port of Kenneth A. Dickey's "Yet another Scheme Object System".

Obsolete eggs

list-bindings

Restricting some macros of the bindings egg to nested list expressions and supplying define-macro as an application. Obsolete, use bindings instead!

er-macros

Explicit renaming macros made easy. Obsolete, use bindings instead!

ir-macros

Implicit renaming macros made even easier. Obsolete, use bindings instead!

low-level-macros

Low level macros made easy. A merger of the two eggs er-macros and ir-macros. Obsolete, use bindings instead!

contracts

My first implementation of "Design by Contract". Now obsolete, use dbc instead.

Tutorials

Explicit (and implicit) renaming macros made easy

The Iup GUI toolkit

Design by Contract