[FoRK] Larry Masinter talk today: origins of Lisp at PARC & modern Medley

Gavin Nicol gtn at rbii.com
Tue Dec 8 10:36:37 PST 2020


I haven't spoken to Larry in years! Good to see him out and about.

On Tue, Dec 8, 2020, at 1:30 PM, Rohit Khare wrote:
> Short notice, as it's today at 3PM Pacific:
> https://www.meetup.com/LispNYC/events/vqhmbpybcqblb/
> 
> I'm looking forward to learning more, but also seeing how Larry's making
> the most of his post-Adobe career. I was glad to see him at the Computer
> History Museum last year, with the same sparkle in his eye :)
> 
> Stay safe,
>   Rohit
> 
> PS. The event link isn't resolving for me, so LMK if you make it:
> https://meet.lisp.nyc/LarryMasinterTheMedleyInterlispProjectStatusAndPlans
> 
> Medley Interlisp is the environment from the old Xerox Lisp machines, which
> > was spun out to a company called Envos, which then turned into Venue.
> >
> 
> 
> > It was once a commercial software development environment aimed at the
> > 1980s AI market, and it contained many influential ideas. Notecards, for
> > example, was a conceptual predecessor of Apple's Hypercard, and D-EDIT and
> > S-EDIT are sort of the canonical ancestral structure editors. Masterscope
> > and the "file package" included system-management tools that combined
> > features of version control and build systems, with comprehensive cross
> > referencing support.
> >
> 
> 
> > Medley was the latest release of the Xerox Lisp environment, before the
> > whole environment was renamed Medley. It was originally written in
> > Interlisp (a dialect separate from the MACLISP/Common Lisp tradition, with
> > its own ancestry), but later, Common Lisp also became part of the
> > environment. Medley includes WYSIWYG text editor (TEdit), email organizer
> > (Lafite), performance tools (Spy) and many other libraries and user
> > contributed code (from the 1980s).
> >
> 
> 
> > The 1992 ACM Software System Award, to Daniel G. Bobrow, Richard R.
> > Burton, L. Peter Deutsch, Ronald M. Kaplan, Larry Masinter, Warren Teitelman
> >
> 
> 
> > for their pioneering work in programming environments that integrated
> > source-language debuggers, fully compatible integrated
> > interpreter/compiler, automatic change management, structure-based editing,
> > logging facilities, interactive graphics, and analysis/profiling tools in
> > the Interlisp system.
> >
> 
> 
> > At this point the base system is usable enough on 64-bit OSes and quite
> > fast (A $40 pi runs Lisp > 150 times faster than a $30,000 Xerox 1108 in
> > 1982).
> >
> 
> 
> > https://interlisp.org
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