LISP and Symbolic Computation

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 211–228 | Cite as

A preprocessor based implementation ofCommon Lisp

  • John R. Diamant
  • Gerald P. Duggan


The Hewlett-Packard company developed aCommon Lisp product, based on a preprocessor model to ensure consistent semantics between compiled and interpreted code. This implementation is unique in that it combines aspects of a “compile only” system with those of a traditionally interpreted system. This paper presents a short description of the operation of the preprocessor, and then goes on to present areas where the definition ofCommon Lisp (as presented inCommon Lisp,the Language) is inconsistent or incorrect in light of such an implementation. Finally, we present some suggestions which we hope will be helpful in improving future specifications ofCommon Lisp.


Implementation and techniques preprocessor-based implementation ofCommon Lisp, definitional discrepancies betweenCommon Lisp and non-traditional interpreters 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Diamant
    • 1
  • Gerald P. Duggan
    • 1
  1. 1.Hewlett-Packard CompanyEt. Collins

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