Lisp is Lisp. Lua is Lua. Lisp and Lua as One.
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README.md

l2l

In this language, Lisp and Lua are one.

Philosophy

The Tao begot one. One begot two.
Laozi

Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
Or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.
Zhuangzi

I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one;
One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call.
Jalaluddin Rumi

Now I do not know whether I was writing Lua inside of Lisp,
Or whether I am now writing Lisp, inside of Lua.
I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one;
One I read. One I write. One I compile. One I run.
You

Quick Start

# Requires https://github.com/meric/leftry cloned as a sibling to this repo.
git clone git@github.com:meric/leftry.git
git clone git@github.com:meric/l2l.git
cd l2l
make clean
make test
make repl

Features

  • Mix Lisp and Lua in source code with backslash.

    \print(\(+ 1 2 3 4))
  • Quasiquoting Lua expressions.

    (table.insert output `\local \,ref = false)
  • Macro and special form aliasing.

  • Macro as modules.

    @import (let x); (x.let (y 1) (print y))
  • Custom special forms as modules.

    For example, boolean.lisp.

  • Zero-cost map, filter, reduce abstractions.

  • Implement special forms that can inline anonymous functions as macros.
  • Special forms in Lua.

    @import iterator
    \
    map(function(x) return x + 2 end,
      filter(function(x) return x % 2 == 0 end,
        map(function(x) return x + 1 end, {1, 2, 3, 4})))

    Compiles into (nested loops collapsed into a single pass):

    local ipairs = require("l2l.iterator")
    local vector = require("l2l.vector")
    local next38,invariant37,i39 = ipairs({1,2,3,4});
    local values41 = vector();
    while i39 do
      local v40;i39,v40=next38(invariant37,i39);
      if i39 then
        v40=v40 + 1;
        if v40 % 2 == 0 then
          v40=v40 + 2;
          (values41):insert(v40)
        end
      end
    end
    return values41

Example

boolean.lisp, implements and, or special forms:

@import quasiquote
@import quote
@import fn
@import local
@import do
@import let
@import cond

(fn circuit_and (invariant cdr output truth)
  (cond cdr
    (let (
      car (:car cdr)
      ref (lua_name:unique "_and_value"))
      `\
        local \,ref = \,\(expize(invariant, car, output))
        if \,ref then
          \,(cond (:cdr cdr)
              (circuit_and invariant (:cdr cdr) output truth)
              `\\,truth = \,ref)
        else
          \,truth = false
        end)))

(fn expize_and (invariant cdr output)
  (let (ref (lua_name:unique "_and_bool"))
    (table.insert output `\local \,ref = true)
    (table.insert output (circuit_and invariant cdr output ref))
    ref))

(fn statize_and (invariant cdr output)
  (to_stat (expize_and invariant cdr output)))

(fn circuit_or (invariant cdr output truth)
  (cond cdr
    (let (
      car (:car cdr)
      ref (lua_name:unique "_or_value"))
      `\
        if not \,truth then
          local \,ref = \,\(expize(invariant, car, output))
          if \,ref then
            \,truth = \,ref
          end
        end
        \,(cond (:cdr cdr)
            (circuit_or invariant (:cdr cdr) output truth)))))

(fn expize_or (invariant cdr output)
  (let (ref (lua_name:unique "_or_bool"))
    (table.insert output `\local \,ref = false)
    (table.insert output (circuit_or invariant cdr output ref))
    ref))

(fn statize_or (invariant cdr output)
  (to_stat (expize_or invariant cdr output)))

{
  lua = {
    ["and"] = {expize=expize_and, statize=statize_and},
    ["or"] = {expize=expize_or, statize=statize_or}
  }
}

Obligatory

I am the servant of the Qur'an as long as I have life.
I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the Chosen one.
If anyone quotes anything except this from my sayings,
I am quit of him and outraged by these words.
Jalaluddin Rumi