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README

A tiny lisp compiler in javascript (not an interpreter, code compiles
to javascript functions)

- lisp-2 common-lisp like (but not too much)
- indeed a lisp-3 (a macro and a function can have the same name)
- native types are javascript ones, with list = array
- no car/cdr (first is (aref x 0) and rest is (slice x 1))
- push works like javascript push (adding at the end!)
- case sensitive, name mangling (#'geo2d:p? -> fgeo2d$$p$63_)
- true / false / null / undefined / NaN
- global / lexical / special (defined by defvar)
- setf / incf / decf with user-defined specializations
- defmacro, macrolet, symbol-macrolet, defmacro/f
- back quoting
- optional and keyword arguments, destructuring lambda lists
- tagbody/go, block/return/return-from, unwind-protect, throw/catch
- js-code escaping
- defmethod for dispatching on generic conditions
- defobject and defproperty macros for js-style classes
- module support (similar to CL packages)
- treeshaker/minifier
- compile-only implementation, semantic checks at compile time
... and a lot more ...

HOW TO INSTALL
==============

Just get the source code


HOW TO RUN A SIMPLE REPL
========================

You will need a web server because for security reasons a browser is
not allowed to use ajax requests to get local files if the page is
opened from the local file system.

If you have a web browser then just navigate to jslisp.html.

It's also possible to create a single stand-alone REPL page that contains
most important libraries. To do this you need to install node.js and then
type at the command prompt in the source directory:

    node jslisp.js standalone.lisp

This will create a standalone.html REPL that can be used even without a
web server. This repl however is not able to load external lisp files
so it's only good for experimenting a bit.


HOW TO RUN THE JSLISP IDE
=========================

JsLisp IDE is composed of two parts: an IDE server and an IDE client.
The first runs under node.js and provides the client the ability to
navigate and read/write from the filesystem (something that is forbidden
for a web application).

To compile both parts you need node.js installed and to type the following
commands from the source directory:

    node jslisp.js deploy-html.lisp ide.lisp > ide.html
    node jslisp.js deploy.lisp ideserver.lisp > ideserver.js

Then you can start the ideserver with

    node ideserver.js

and you can use the IDE by pointing a browser to

    http://127.0.0.1:1337/ide.html

You can customize the listening address (default 127.0.0.1) and port
(default 1337) by compiling the server with

    node jslisp.js deploy.lisp \
                   '(defvar address "0.0.0.0")' \
                   '(defvar port "8000")' \
                   ideserver.lisp > ideserver.js

To access the filesystem the IDE server has an embedded toy security
level based on user/password. If no "ide-users" file is present then
the only user defined is "admin" with password "adminpw".  Using the
IDE you can add more users and/or change the password.

If you really care about security however you should use SSH
tunnelling instead of allowing direct connections from other machines;
for example after opening an SSH tunnel with

     ssh -L1337:127.0.0.1:1337 myuser@my.host.public.ip

I can point a browser on http://127.0.0.1:1337/ide.html and use securely
the IDE server on my machine across the internet.

IDE key bindings
================

Currently the key bindings cannot be customized and they are

ctrl-x .............. clipboard cut (*)
ctrl-c .............. clipboard copy (*)
ctrl-v .............. clipboard paste (*)
ctrl-z .............. undo
ctrl-y .............. redo
ctrl-enter .......... send current sexpr to inferior lisp
alt-enter ........... send all current source to inferior lisp and zoom it
ctrl-k .............. go to inferior lisp and zoom it or go back to source
esc ................. hide/show inferior lisp and documentation panels
ctrl-left/right ..... switch to previous/next tab
ctrl-q .............. close current tab (**)
ctrl-t .............. open a terminal window (linux only) (**)
ctrl-d .............. when in a terminal ends the session
ctrl-w .............. save current file (**)
alt-r ............... reset inferior lisp
alt-z ............... clean inferior lisp window
ctrl-r .............. search/replace dialog
alt-i ............... ask and evaluate expression in inferior lisp
alt-/ ............... autocomplete current word (repeated cycles options)

(*)  For security reasons these are the only keys that allow a browser
     to do cut/copy/paste using the system clipboad.

(**) These keys are sometimes reserved by browsers and cannot be
     intercepted by Javascript. To avoid problems try using a web-app
     mode if available: google chrome for example has a -app option and
     calling "google-chrome -app=http://127.0.0.1:1337/ide.html" solves
     some issues and also provides a clean tool-bars free experience.

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