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Raylisp is a Common Lisp raytracing system.
It is a toy, and a fun way to explore some aspects of graphics
programming -- not a serious project. The author Nikodemus Siivola
<> works on it only sporadically, when the
mood strikes.
That said, the architecture -- while neither polished nor stable --
has some interesting design features:
* Protocol oriented: Raylisp tries to work by building clean and
flexible protocols. Eg. adding new geometric primitives requires
just subclassing SCENE-OBJECT and defining a method on
COMPUTE-OBJECT-PROPERTIES. Enabling CSG is a matter of defining a
Exploring directories objects/, patterns/, shaders/, cameras/, and
lights/ will give a good idea of how things work.
* Layered, sort of: This is closely related to the protocol
orientation. There are conceptually two main layers: the scene
layer and the rendering layer. The scene layer uses CLOS and
generic functions for flexibility, whereas the rendering layer is
very performance oriented. The chief role of protocols is to
mediate transformations from the scene layer to the rendering
* Shader based: Nothing new in this day and age, but you can shade
points on objects using arbitrary functions, etc. Again, this
is closely related to the protocol orientation.
Finally, a caveat: Raylisp is SBCL only software. While it can
certainly be ported to pretty much any working Common Lisp (there are
no deep incompatibilities), the performance depends on some SBCL
specific features, and the author has little motivation to maintain
it for other platforms -- it's not like he's maintaining it properly
in the first place.
Oh, and Raylisp is open source, under an MIT style licence. See LICENCE
for more information.
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