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Here are some of my latest thoughts on emacs… such as thread-first and loop (•̀ᴗ•́)و

💐 Repl Driven Development: /Editor Integrated REPLs for all languages/ 🔁

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The MELPA package makes the philosophy of REPL Driven Development (RDD) accessible to any language that has a primitive CLI repl: The result is an Emacs interface for the language, where code of your choosing is evaluated, and results are echoed at your cursor in overlays.

That is, with Repl aided development, you make software by starting with an already working program (i.e., the repl) then incrementlly “teach it” to be the program you want, by defining & redefining things. Until satisfied, loop: Type/modify code in your editor, press some keys to evaluate what you wrote/modified in the currently running system, and explore/test the resulting runtime.

RDD is programming emphasising fast & rich feedback from a running system. RDD is fantastic for quickly teaching/exploring an idea; as such, the running example of this article will be on servers —no prior experience with servers is assumed. The main examples will be in JavaScript, Python, and Java. (Since JavaScript is just Lisp in C clothing, we will not discuss Lisp.) Since Java is verbose, the power of REPLs really pays off when exploring a new idea. We see how many imports and setup-code simply disappear in the RDD approach, letting you focus on the core idea you're exploring/teaching. For comparison, a traditional self-contained Java server program is ~30 lines long whereas the focused RDD approach is ~4 lines long.

tdlr: This library provides the Emacs built-in C-x C-e behaviour for arbitrary languages, provided they have a primitive cli REPL.

Arabic Roots: The Power of Patterns

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I want to quickly introduce the Arabic language, through its “root system” —i.e., most words have 3-letters at their core— and how these roots can be placed in “patterns” to obtain new words.

I'd like to take a glance at Arabic's Verb Forms: These give you 10 words for each root!

Some interesting concepts will also be mentioned, for those curious, but should be ignored on a first reading. These will be hidden away in clickable/foldable regions.

These are notes of things that I'm learning; there's likely errors.

💐 Making VSCode itself a Java REPL 🔁

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VSCode evaluates Java code wherever it sees it, by sending it to a JShell in the background, and echos the results in a friendly way!

This is achieved with a meta-extension for VSCode that makes VSCode into a living, breathing, JS interpreter: It can execute arbitrary JS that alters VSCode on-the-fly. (Inspired by using Emacs and Lisp!)

The relevant docs show how to make a similar REPL for Python, Ruby, Clojure, Common Lisp, JavaScript, Typescript, Haskell, and of-course Java.

💐 VSCode is itself a JavaScript REPL 🔁

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A meta-extension for VSCode that makes VSCode into a living, breathing, JS interpreter: It can execute arbitrary JS that alters VSCode on-the-fly. A gateway into the world of Editor Crafting!

(Inspired by using Emacs and Lisp!)

Typed Lisp, A Primer

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Let's explore Lisp's fine-grained type hierarchy!

We begin with a shallow comparison to Haskell, a rapid tour of type theory, try in vain to defend dynamic approaches, give a somewhat humorous account of history, note that you've been bamboozled —type's have always been there—, then go into technical details of some Lisp types, and finally conclude by showing how macros permit typing.

Goals for this article:

  1. Multiple examples of type constructions in Lisp.
  2. Comparing Lisp type systems with modern languages, such as Haskell.
  3. Show how algebraic polymorphic types like Pair and Maybe can be defined in Lisp. Including heterogeneously typed lists!
  4. Convey a passion for an elegant language.
  5. Augment Lisp with functional Haskell-like type declarations ;-)

Unless suggested otherwise, the phrase “Lisp” refers to Common Lisp as supported by Emacs Lisp. As such, the resulting discussion is applicable to a number of Lisp dialects —I'm ignoring editing types such as buffers and keymaps, for now.

An Interactive Way To C

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Do you know what the above program accomplishes? If you do, did you also spot a special edge case?

We aim to present an approach to program proving in C using a minimal Emacs setup so that one may produce literate C programs and be able to prove them correct –or execute them– using a single button press; moreover the output is again in Emacs.

The goal is to learn program proving using the Frama-C tool –without necessarily invoking its gui– by loading the source of this file into Emacs then editing, executing, & proving as you read along. One provides for the formal specification of properties of C programs –e.g., using ACSL– which can then be verified for the implementations using tools that interpret such annotation –e.g., Frama-C invoked from within our Emacs setup.

Read on, and perhaps you'll figure out how to solve the missing FixMe pieces 😉

The intent is for rapid editing and checking. Indeed, the Frama-c gui does not permit editing in the gui, so one must switch between their text editor and the gui. Org mode beginning at the basics is a brief tutorial that covers a lot of Org and, from the get-go, covers “the absolute minimum you need to know about Emacs!”

If anything, this effort can be construed as a gateway into interactive theorem proving such as with Isabelle, Coq, or Agda.

The article aims to be self-contained —not even assuming familiarity with any C!

The presentation and examples are largely inspired by

Another excellent and succinct tutorial is Virgile Prevosto's ACSL Mini-Tutorial. In contrast, the tutorial ACSL By Example aims to provide a variety of algorithms rendered in ACSL.

There are no solutions since it's too easy to give up and look at the solutions that're nearby. Moreover, I intend to use some of the exercises for a class I'm teaching ;-)

Thanks for reading everything! 😁 Bye! 👋

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