Have Emacs - Will Hack
March 15, 2009
Parenscript Development Environment proposal
A while ago I mentioned
going to announce some exciting news about web development tools.
Shortly thereafter my priorities changed, and I shelved the project
with the intention of picking it up again in the future. Then I
remembered about LispNYC's
participation in the Google Summer of Code program - if I cannot do
the project myself right now, maybe I can mentor a student work on it.
Here is what all this is about:
debugging tool for AJAX-based RIAs. The implementation will provide an
web application, and an Emacs interface (REPL) that will enable debugging
of remote and mobile clients, including the possibility of no-reload
drop-in for live user sessions.
Along with an interactive prompt/REPL, PSDE will provide a profiler,
tracing and logging facilities, a DOM inspector, a completion and
documentation system for DOM symbols, and other useful web programming
providing hooks (a la Open Implementation) into the Parenscript compiler to
provide metaprogram information that cannot be gleamed using runtime
In addition to providing a valuable tool to the web development community,
the OI extensions to the Parenscript compiler included as part of the PSDE
project will be useful in their own right to those wishing to create other
web development tools based on Parenscript, or web developers using
The project has its roots in the
REPL" demo I gave during my
talk about Parenscript at LispNYC in September 2007, but the idea of making a
"browser SLIME" did not occur to me until this past November, when Daniel Gackle
asked me: "Why don't you make a browser SLIME?"
If you are a student that might be interested in this project and
qualify to participate in Google SoC, or know of such an individual,
please get in touch. I will be happy to answer any questions and help you
with preparing an application. Google will start accepting student
applications March 23rd, with the cut-off date being April 3rd.
UPDATE: LispNYC has not been selected as a mentoring organization for SOC 2009.
I would like to fund this project myself, but currently cannot afford it.