Changeset 9158 in project


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03/04/08 11:03:54 (12 years ago)
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Jim Ursetto
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Changes applied for zbigniew (67.167.53.235) through svnwiki:

wiki: Move verbiage from User's Manual main page to Overview.

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    33== The User's Manual
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    5 ''(This document describes version 3.0.0)''
     5This is the user's manual for the Chicken Scheme compiler, version 3.0.0.
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    7 '''CHICKEN is a compiler that translates Scheme source files into C''', which in
    8 turn can be fed to a C-compiler to generate a standalone executable.
    9 An interpreter is also available and can be used as
    10 a scripting environment or for testing programs before compilation.
    11 
    12 This package is distributed under the '''BSD license''' and as such is free
    13 to use and modify.
    14 
    15 The method of compilation and the design of the runtime-system follow
    16 closely Henry Baker's [[http://home.pipeline.com/~hbaker1/CheneyMTA.html|CONS Should Not CONS Its Arguments, Part II: Cheney on the M.T.A.]] paper and expose a number of interesting
    17 properties:
    18 
    19 * Consing (creation of data on the heap) is relatively inexpensive, because a generational garbage collection scheme is used, in which short-lived data structures are reclaimed extremely quickly.
    20 
    21 * Moreover, {{call-with-current-continuation}} is practically for free and CHICKEN does not suffer under any performance penalties if first-class continuations are used in complex ways.
    22 
    23 The generated C code is fully tail-recursive.
    24 
    25 Some of the features supported by CHICKEN:
    26 
    27 * SRFIs 0, 1, 2, 4, 6-19, 23, 25-31, 37-40, 42, 43, 45, 47, 55, 57, 60-63, 66, 69, 72, 78, 85 and 95.
    28 * Lightweight threads based on first-class continuations
    29 * Pattern matching with Andrew Wright's {{match}} package
    30 * Record structures
    31 * Extended comment- and string-literal syntaxes
    32 * Libraries for regular expressions, string handling
    33 * UNIX system calls and extended data structures
    34 * Create interpreted or compiled shell scripts written in Scheme for UNIX or Windows
    35 * Compiled C files can be easily distributed
    36 * Allows the creation of fully self-contained statically linked executables
    37 * On systems that support it, compiled code can be loaded dynamically
    38 
    39 This manual is merely a reference for the CHICKEN system and assumes
    40 a working knowledge of Scheme.
    41 
    42 The manual is split in the following sections:
     7; [[Overview]] : What is Chicken?
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    449; [[Basic mode of operation]] : Compiling Scheme files.
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