Nikodemus Siivola

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New crowdfunding goal: MADEIRA #
hacking, August 13th 2011

My crowdfunding campaign has been a roaring success: all goalposts I initially set have been reached in 3 days out of 22!

So, time for a new goal.

If the campaign reaches $12k, in addition to the SBCL specific work I will also implement Madeira, a new portability layer for Common Lisp implementations, focusing on threading and parts not covered by CFFI or USOCKET.

The current plan is for Madeira to support:

  • Basic things like access to command-line arguments, environment, EXIT, etc.
  • Bordeaux-Threads -like functionality, but better defined, with sharper edges.
  • CAS. Remains to be seen how general I can make the support, though.
  • Running external programs. (Probably somewhere between TRIVIAL-SHELL and SBCL's RUN-PROGRAM in functionality.)

Another way to describe Madeira would be to say that it should cover most everything that I keep having to #+sbcl when writing portable code.

EDIT: Even if the full goal for Madeira is not be reached, any funds over $8k will be used towards implementing at least parts of it.

Gentle hacker, spread the word: it's not just SBCL users who stand to benefit now.

Thanks You again, Everyone.