Determining Scheme Implementation

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Will Donnelly
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Determining Scheme Implementation

Post by Will Donnelly » Sat Aug 30, 2008 2:38 pm

I'm trying to implement a simple set of tools that I can use for to make my life easier when coding in Scheme. So far I have a 19 line module/object system and am writing a little unit test system. Unfortunately, after that I want to try to make a cross-implementation library that I can use for some system-related tasks (starting a program, communicating to it via unix stdin, etc). Most of the implementations I am interested in offer this sort of functionality, but the mechanisms differ. Is there any way that I could easily determine the Scheme implementation that my code is being run under so that I can write my code differently for each one, or will I have to end up doing something hackish and requiring that a value be set in the code?

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Re: Determining Scheme Implementation

Post by gcartier » Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:08 am

SRFI-0 is what you are looking for.

The purpose of this SRFI was amongst other things to solve the problem you are facing. As far as I know, all major Scheme implementations implement this SRFI.

Here is sample usage for accessing global variables in Chicken and Gambit :

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    (require 'lolevel)

    (define (global-variable? symbol)
      (global-bound? symbol))
    (define (global-value symbol)
      (global-ref symbol)))
    (define (global-variable? symbol)
      (and (##global-var? symbol)
           (%%not (##unbound? (##global-var-ref symbol)))))
    (define (global-value symbol)
      (##global-var-ref symbol)))
Guillaume Cartier

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