Embeddable Common Lisp

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Embeddable Common Lisp
Paradigms Multi-paradigm: procedural, functional, object-oriented, meta, reflective, generic
Family Lisp
Designed by Daniel Kochmański
Developer Daniel Kochmański
First appeared 1 January 2005; 12 years ago (2005-01-01)
Stable release
16.1.3 / 19 December 2016; 3 months ago (2016-12-19)
Typing discipline Dynamic, strong
Implementation language C, Common Lisp
Platform ARM, x86
OS Unix-like, Android, Windows
License LGPL 2.1+
Website common-lisp.net/project/ecl
Influenced by
Lisp, Common Lisp, C

Embeddable Common Lisp (ECL) is a programming language, an implementation of Common Lisp, which is a small Lisp system that can be embedded in extant applications written in the language C. It can create stand-alone Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) executable files from Common Lisp code, and runs on most platforms that support a C compiler. It is distributed as free and open-source software under a GNU Lesser Public License (LGPL) 2.1+

It includes a runtime system, and two compilers, a bytecode type, and an intermediate language type, which compiles Common Lisp to C. Due to the later, it also features a foreign function interface (FFI), including support for inline C to be used or generated from Common Lisp. Inline C FFI combined with Common Lisp macros, and custom Lisp setf expansions, yield a compile-time preprocessor.

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