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μLithp

Official website and deep analysis

A micro LISP implementation in 24 lines of Ruby, with a reader in 33 lines, REPL in 35 lines, a compiler in 15 lines and Ruby interop in 13 lines. Really frickin' small.

  • car
  • cdr
  • quote
  • atom
  • if
  • label
  • cons
  • eq
  • lambda

See the src/lithp.rb file for source and doc/index.org for implementation details and the original announcement in the μLithp blog post.

this is my entry into the December 2012 PLT Games

Embedded usage

The LISP interpreter is just a Ruby class that evals expressions in Ruby data structures, like so:

	 l = Lisp.new

	 l.eval [:label, :a, 42]

	 l.eval :a
	 #=> 42

	 l.eval [:eq, 42, :a]
	 #=> true

	 l.eval [:quote, [1, 2]]
	 #=> [1, 2]

	 l.eval [:car, [:quote, [1, 2]]]
	 #=> 1

	 l.eval [:cdr, [:quote, [1, 2]]]
	 #=> [2]

	 l.eval [:cons, 1, [:quote, [2,3]]]
	 #=> [1, 2, 3]

	 l.eval [:if, [:eq, 1, 2], 42, 43]
	 #=> 43

	 l.eval [:atom, [:quote, [1,2]]]
	 #=> false

	 l.eval [:label, :second, [:quote, [:lambda, [:x], 	 [:car, [:cdr, :x]]]]]

	 l.eval [:second, [:quote, [1, 2, 3]]]
	 #=> 2

Have fun!

REPL usage

In your shell use Ruby 1.9.2 to run the REPL:

    rvm use ruby-1.9.2
	ruby -I . repl.rb

You'll then see a prompt:

>

Start typing uLithp code:

    (car (quote (1 2 3)))

	(cdr (quote (1 2 3)))

	(label third (quote (lambda (x) (car (cdr (cdr x))))))
	(third (quote (1 2 3 4 5)))

Enjoy!

thanks

Thanks to Russ Olsen for the reader and REPL.

License

This software is provided as-is under the MIT license.

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