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A Safer Scheme Interpreter, Part 3

Posted by kernelbob on January 4, 2011

In Part 1, I explained why my Scheme interpreter, Schetoo, has the ability to fail or restart any instruction.  In Part 2, I showed how it automatically checks that instructions do all necessary checks before they have any side effects.  Those two posts described raising exceptions with longjmp, but didn’t really explain how the interpreter catches exceptions.

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A Safer Scheme Interpreter

Posted by kernelbob on January 2, 2011

In the first half of 2010, I wrote a Scheme interpreter which I called Schetoo. It is a sequel to an interpreter called kbscheme, which I worked on off-and-on in 2008 and 2009. Both are written in C.

You can see them both on github.

I undertook these projects to learn more about Scheme, interpreters, and garbage collection. Along the way, I came up with an interesting technique to make interpreter implementation less error-prone. That’s what I want to write about today.

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Scheme: Retrospective

Posted by kernelbob on January 9, 2010

The Scheme interpreter project is “on hold”. Maybe it’s “finished”. It’s time to take stock, see what I learned, what I accomplished, and what I could have done better.

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Scheme project is on hold.

Posted by kernelbob on January 1, 2010

I’m officially putting my Scheme interpreter project “on hold” for a while. Progress has slowed to a virtual stop. It’s not because I’ve lost interest, but because I’m lost.

Simultaneously learning to think in Scheme, implementing hygienic macros through syntax-case, and (re)designing the core interpreter has proven to be too much. I haven’t been able to hack my way through it.

Someday I’ll pick the project up again. I’m still very interested in it. Maybe I’ll continue from the same code base, and maybe I’ll start over.

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Scheme and Macro Expansion

Posted by kernelbob on November 15, 2009

I got to work on my Scheme interpreter this weekend.  Real life had interfered for about three weeks straight.

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Scheme status

Posted by kernelbob on October 15, 2009

I’ve written here before about my efforts to write a Scheme interpreter from scratch.  The last update was in May, but I’m still working on it.  I’ve made 60 git commits since then.  The major thing I’m trying to do is implement macros, but I’m having a hard time of it.  No matter.  When they’re done, I’ll understand macros thoroughly.

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Scheming, part 7. The Reader.

Posted by kernelbob on May 21, 2009

I haven’t ‘blogged about my Scheme interpreter in ages.  Development stopped from January through March, but I’ve been working on it again.  Here are links to the earlier articles.

The biggest new development  is the reader.  Most developers call them parsers, but Lisp people call them readers.  I have written six readers for Scheme now, and I’ve effectively completed a class in advanced parsing theory.  The current reader works very well, and I do not want to write another.

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Scheming, part 5

Posted by kernelbob on November 28, 2008

Call/cc works!

That’s the big news.  Lots of little tweaks and cleanup, but call/cc is the big deal.  I’d designed the evaluator to handle call/cc way back when, so it wasn’t a major rewrite.  It was just a matter of figuring out exactly what it had to do.

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Announcing kbscheme

Posted by kernelbob on November 22, 2008

I published my scheme interpreter on gitorious.  Now you can follow along.  It needed a name, so I called it kbscheme.  Not a brilliant name but it’ll do.

Here’s the project blurb.


This vanity project is yet another implementation of the Scheme programming language.

Project goals:

  • I want to learn Scheme.
  • I want to write something in C. I’ve been using higher level languages and my C is rusty.
  • I want to write a garbage collector. They’ve always fascinated me, but I’ve never written one.
  • I have some research ideas about garbage collection that I want to explore.

Project non-goals:

  • a production-quality Scheme interpreter
  • full implementation of the language

Check it out, Brandon.

Hint to the git-ignorant (as I was very recently).  Go to the repositories/mainline page and click on the “More info…” links,  Those will show the exact commands needed to copy (clone) the tree onto your local disk.

Actually, I’m still git-ignorant.  Gotta work on that…

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